- 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.