Ex New Orleans Mayor Charged With Corruption
An ex-mayor of New Orleans was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on 21 counts of corruption.
Ray Nagin, 56, was in office during the devastating events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was officially charged with wire fraud, bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The indictment against him was 25 pages long.
Nagin’s legal counsel said that his client asserts his innocence and is preparing a defense strategy for his trial.
The defendant is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bribes, including free granite for his family’s countertop installation business. According to court documents, one of the bribery counts was for $60,000 from business owner Rodney Williams. Another bribe of $50,000 was from contractor Frank Fradella. The men offered freebies to Nagin in exchange for city reconstruction contracts.
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