Former Democratic New Orleans Mayor Convicted on 20 Charges

Ray Nagin accepted bribes worth hundreds of thousands

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin / AP


Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D.) was found guilty of 20 federal counts, including bribery and conspiracy.

Nagin was given free trips, free gravel for his family business, and other benefits from local businesses in exchange for city contracts worth millions of dollars, the Associated Press reported. One local businessman paid for Nagin’s trips to Hawaii and Jamaica.

According to the Associate Press:

The Democrat, who left office in 2010 after eight years, was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of local businessman Frank Fradella.

He also was charged with accepting thousands of dollars in in payoffs from another businessman, Rodney Williams, for his help in securing city contracts.

Nagin is best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, flooding much of New Orleans and plunging the city into chaos. […]

The charges against Nagin included one overarching conspiracy count along with six counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and four counts of filing false tax returns. He was acquitted of one of the bribery counts.

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