Memphis (AP) -- A Memphis jury saw videos of former State Senator John Ford pocketing stacks of cash counted out by an undercover FBI agent.
Ford is on trial on federal charges of extortion, bribery and threatening a federal witness.
Jurors saw the tapes during Thursday's testimony of FBI agent L.C. McNiel, who was identified only by his undercover name.
McNiel was one of two agents who testified that ford came looking for payoffs from the fake company set up by the FBI.
Ford contends he was a business consultant drawing what he thought were honest payments from an electronics recycling company.
Video clips of a meeting between McNiel and Ford in August 2004 were shown as the agent counting out what was described as $10,000.
Ford scooped the money off a desk and stuck it in his pockets.
Ford is charged with taking a total of $55,000 in payoffs.
Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.
While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:
Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.