Dyersburg man sentenced to 10 years in prison

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis judge has sentenced a West Tennessee man to more than 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy, wire and mail fraud and money laundering.

Freddie Ford of Dyersburg was arrested in 2001 after FBI agents executed a warrant on Ford's truck company AirTrans Inc. The company is now defunct.

The agents said Ford and his general manager defrauded Allied Carriers Exchange, a Denver, Colo., company, by presenting fake invoices.

Ford's legal counsel asked that a mistrial be declared on the last day of the trial in April, but a judge refused. He was convicted of 37 counts.

Ford also will serve 15 months consecutive to the sentence for stealing more than $10,000 from his truck company's pension fund.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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