Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty of Bribery, Wire Fraud

Ray Nagin faces years in prison

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans on Jan. 27, 2014.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of bribery and wire fraud on Wednesday, closing the book on a corruption scandal that marred his political legacy.

A jury found Nagin, who led the city during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, guilty on five counts of bribery and all nine counts of wire fraud, following two days of deliberation, the Times-Picayune reports. Each of the five counts of bribery, which involved vendors to the city, have maximum prison terms of ten years. Nagin had been indicted on 21-counts, including six counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, and one count of money laundering conspiracy, after being accused of accepting thousands of dollars worth of bribes during his two mayoral terms.

The corruption probe has already led to convictions and guilty pleas from others involved. Nagin testified last week that  hadn’t taken bribes while in office. He was also found guilty of four counts of filing a false tax return and one count of conspiracy.

[Times-Picayune]

14 comments
rpearlston
rpearlston

Please can we get that judge and jury up here (Toronto)?  Our joke of a mayor was found guilty of all sorts of breaches of conflict of interest laws, and was allowed to keep his job.  I don't know how, and I don't know why, but it happened, so please, PLEASE, get that judge and jury up here!!!!!!! 

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

Saying he "led" New Orleans during Katrina might be overstating things a bit.

ssakcab874
ssakcab874

Beads are worthless in the federal pen.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Ray the racist, now gets to spend a few years with some of his fellow bros

CamoBerns
CamoBerns

Ray Nagin, Democrat Mayor of New Orleans


"In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina entered the Gulf of Mexico. Early on Friday, August 26, Mayor Nagin advised New Orleanians to keep a close eye on the storm and prepare for evacuation. He then made several public statements encouraging people to leave, but also telling them that if they didn't evacuate, 'We will take care of you'.

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fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

A black southern politician who's CROOKED ? !  Oh my !  Who knew ? !  Who could've guessed ? !

DaveDavis
DaveDavis

I hope he can create a nice "Chocolate Jail Cell" to live in.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@CamoBerns  He also said new Orleans will be chocolate  city again, the racist sob. He was nothing but a thief and racist big mouth. getting what he deserves.

Bacchus63
Bacchus63

@fafoxy11772  yeah makes you think of that white southern republican politician House Leader Tom Delay doesn't it who had to leave his speaker job in shame or what about that white senator from Louisiana Vitter who got caught using campaign money & other peoples money for hookers.

CamoBerns
CamoBerns

@DaveDavis "Look Barack, we can see the French Quarter from our prison cell window"

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