The investigation of former Senator Ford is just the tip of the iceberg for FBI investigations in Tennessee. Agents have their hands in several other public corruption cases.
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NewsChannel 5 first reported Ford received thousand of dollars as a consultant for OmniCare and Doral Dental, contractors for TennCare, when he was chairman of the powerful senate committee handling TennCare legislation.
Investigations found notes inside Ford's desk on the senate floor from lobbyists urging him to pass favorable legislation.
"Sen. Ford sought to assist Omnicare in a variety of ways, including asking Tennesse public officials to assist in having TennCare enrollees assigned to OmniCare," Morford said.
He kept it a secret and prosecutors said it was an illegal conflict of interest.
"As a public servant, Ford had a duty to provide honest services to the people of Tennessee. The facts that are alleged in this indictment show an appalling willingness to violate that duty," Morford said.
There is currently a warrant for Ford's arrest in Memphis. Once he turns himself in, he'll be brought to Nashville to go before a federal judge.
U.S. Attorney Craig Morford said the investigation is not closed. He's not ruling out the possibility of more indictments.
Ford could face a maximum penalty of 120 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines, if convicted.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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