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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are trying to keep a diamond-studded Rolex wristwatch seized from former Sen. John Ford before he was convicted of bribery in the Tennessee Waltz corruption investigation.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court Ford got the watch valued at $70,000 from a Memphis developer through bribery and it should be forfeited to the government.
The watch, which Scholl has said Ford got legally by swapping timepieces with developer Rusty Hyneman, wasn't directly related to Tennessee Waltz.
But prosecutors presented during Ford's trial some recordings from the Waltz investigation of the then-lawmaker bragging to an undercover agent that he got the watch for helping Hyneman avoid paying state fines for pollution at a Memphis subdivision.
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