Former New Orleans mayor guilty on corruption charges

Ray Nagin
Ray Nagin

Online Staff Report

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, 57, has been found guilty of bribery and fraud by a federal jury.

Nagin was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks in a 21-count indictment filed in January. He was found guilty of 20 of the 21 counts Feb. 12.

According to prosecutors, Nagin accepted perks such as free travel and had a role in funneling money and granite to a company run by his sons. Prosecutors have alleged Nagin participated in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns. The FBI, the IRS and the New Orleans Inspector General all participated in an investigation of Nagin.

Nagin served two terms as New Orleans mayor between 2002 and 2010. He was mayor during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster. After leaving office, he moved to Texas.

Nagin could be facing up to 20 years behind bars and fines of more than $1 million.

Posted Feb. 12, 2014

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