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Tennessee Waltz Tapes Played In Ford's 2nd Trial


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Nashville introduced evidence Monday from last year's Tennessee Waltz public corruption case in a second, unrelated federal trial against former state Sen. John Ford of Memphis.

He's accused of taking more than $800,000 from TennCare contractors Doral Dental Services and OmniCare Health Plan to advance the interests of those companies in the legislature.

Ford has maintained that he was being paid for work outside the state.

A March 2005 phone conversation between Ford and former OmniCare CEO Osbie Howard was recorded by the FBI. In it, Howard tells Ford the government has subpoenaed his 2002 and 2003 business records and notes.

Ford told Howard that he hoped no notes were available.

He's already in prison after his conviction in the first trial.

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