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Former Sen. Ford Sentenced To 14 Years

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Tennessee state Sen. John Ford has been sentenced to 14 years in prison on federal charges of wire fraud and failing to report more than $800,000 in payments from state contractors.

Ford, 66, of Memphis was sentenced Monday in Nashville after being convicted in July of taking money from government contractors and lobbying for them while he served in the Tennessee Senate.

Jurors found Ford guilty of two charges of wire fraud and four charges of making false statements on official documents.

The maximum penalty was 20 years on the wire fraud charges and five years on the other counts.

Ford is already serving a 51/2-year federal sentence on an unrelated bribery conviction. He won't begin the new sentence until finishing the bribery term, which began April 28.

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