Former Mayor Joe Ford Arrested For Writing Bad Check

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(Memphis) Former Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford spent Tuesday morning in the Shelby County Jail.

He is now free on a $5,000 bond.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the 58-year-old was wanted for allegedly passing bad checks. He was taken into custody this morning.

Detectives took a False Pretenses / Swindle / Confidence Game report from the manager at Lauderdale Liquors. He stated that on 7/20/2012, Joe Ford wrote a check on the Joe Ford Funeral Home account in the amount of $1301.23.

The check was returned on 8/15/2012 as non sufficient funds.

The owner of the store sent several notices to Ford in an attempt to collect funds which were all ignored.

Detectives then contacted Ford on1/8/2013 and advised him of the complaint to have the funds paid to the store owner which was never done after saying he would take care of it.

Monday, a warrant was issued for Ford who is charged with Passing Bad Checks over $1000.00 and Theft of Property over $1000.00.   

Ford surrendered on charges of passing bad checks back in Sept. of 2011 after he reportedly wrote post-dated checks for Rolex watches at a local jewelry store.