The following is a copy of the six-count indictment against former state Sen. John Ford. The indictment alleges that he received money as a purported consultant for two different TennCare contractors.more>>
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Federal prosecutors announced Monday new charges filed against former state Sen. John Ford.
Ford resigned from the Tennessee legislature after he was indicted on charges of taking bribes in Operation Tennessee Waltz, a two-year undercover investigation of state lawmakers.
Ford has pleaded not guilty in that case.
A six-count indictment against Ford was unsealed Monday. He was charged with two counts of wire fraud and four counts of concealing information from the federal government in connection with each of two different schemes that allegedly occurred while Ford was in the state Senate.
The latest charges stem from Ford's Tenncare consulting deals which were first revealed by a NewsChannel 5 investigation.
This is in addition to the federal charges he already faced for taking bribes in the Operation Tennessee Waltz, a two-year undercover investigation of Tennessee lawmakers.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee made the announcement during a press conference Monday in Nashville.
The indictment claims Ford made more than $800,000 as a consultant at the same time that he chaired an oversight committee on TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.
According to The Associated Press, prosecutors said they expected Ford to surrender to federal marshals in Memphis on Monday and appear in federal court in Nashville Tuesday.
If convicted, Ford faces a maximum punishment, for each count, of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine per count for the wire fraud charges and five years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine per count for the charges of concealment of material facts.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are investigating the matter.
More details will be available at 4 p.m. on NewsChannel 5 and on NewsChannel5.com.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)