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Bredesen To Testify At Ford Corruption Trial

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen has been subpoenaed to testify at former state Sen. John Ford's corruption trial.

Ford, a Memphis Democrat, is accused of taking $800,000 in consultant payments from TennCare contractors to promote those private companies' interests while he was in office.

Bredesen, a Democrat, said he was asked by Ford in 2003 to help direct more business to TennCare contractor Omnicare.

The governor said he didn't know that Ford was being paid by Omnicare and says he didn't take any action on the lawmaker's request.

Ford was previously convicted of taking $55,000 in bribes during the unrelated federal Tennessee Waltz investigation, and is serving a 5 1/2 year sentence.

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