Tax liens filed against John Ford - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Tax liens filed against John Ford

John Ford (file photo) John Ford (file photo)

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking more than $200,000 from former Tennessee State Senator John Ford.

Documents obtained by Action News 5 show the IRS has filed two leans against Ford maintaining he owes $220,000 in unpaid federal income taxes.

The first lean was filed with the Shelby County Register's Office last year for almost $200,000, covering the years of 2003 to 2005 - the same time period as the federal investigations that produced criminal charges against Ford.

The second lien was filed in March of 2008, for almost $22,000.  On it, the IRS lists 5 North Third Street as Ford's residence, though it actually that was the location of an office where Ford conducted business.  Ford does not own the building.

Ford, who is already serving a five-year prison sentence for bribery, faces another trial later this month on public corruption charges relating to his time as lawmaker representing Memphis.

The IRS won't comment about private tax matters.

Ford's criminal lawyer, Isaiah S. Gant, was in court Friday and didn't immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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