Indictments Brought Against Memphis Councilman Ford


- A Memphis councilman under indictment on

public corruption charges avoided having his utility services

disconnected despite owing more than 16-thousand dollars to the

city's main utility.

Councilman Edmund Ford is charged with taking payoffs for his
vote on a real estate project. He is the former chairman of a
council committee that oversees operations of utility Memphis Light
Gas and Water.

According to documents subpoenaed by prosecutors, M-L-G-and-W
executives knew not only about Ford's delinquent bills, but also
about his enrollment in an M-L-G-and-W program designed to aid poor
customers having difficulty paying their bills.

The "On Track'' program is only available to customers who
haven't declared bankruptcy.

But Ford has enjoyed its benefits despite having filed
bankruptcy three times, including a 1999 filing in which the
utility company was among his creditors.