Memphis Democrat Faces Wire Fraud, Concealing Evidence Charges

Nashville (AP) -- Federal prosecutors announced today that Former State Senator John Ford has been indicted on new charges.

Ford resigned from the legislature after he was indicted on charges of taking bribes in the Tennessee Waltz undercover corruption investigation in 2005.

He has pleaded not guilty in that case, and no trial date has been set.

The latest charges against Ford are over consulting deals he had with two contractors with TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.

The indictment claims ford made more than $800,000 as a consultant at the same time that he was chairing a committee that oversaw the program.

A grand jury returned the indictment on two counts of wire fraud and four counts of concealing material facts last week.

Prosecutors said conviction on the wire fraud charges could result in a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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