Corruption Trial Begins for Former New Orleans Democratic Mayor

Ray Nagin

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will appear in court Monday to face federal corruption charges, Time reports.

The Democratic mayor, who denies any wrongdoing, is facing up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors accuse Nagin of accepting over $200,000, along with family vacations and benefits to his family’s granite countertop business, in exchange for millions of dollars worth of city contracts and taxpayer money. The 21 counts are not related to Hurricane Katrina rebuilding.

Business associates who allegedly flew the ex-mayor to New York City on a private jet and on first class vacations to Jamaica and Hawaii in exchange for city contracts are expected to testify, USA Today reports.

Nagin, who served as mayor from 2002 to 2010, was widely criticized for his slow and ineffectual response to Hurricane Katrina, which left 80 percent of the city underwater in 2005.