Former Mayor Of New Orleans Ray Nagin Gets 10 Years For Corruption
Former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of fraud, bribery and charges related to those crimes. Nagin became known internationally for his work as mayor during Hurricane Katrina.
“A jury convicted Nagin of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes — money, free vacation trips and truckloads of free granite for his family business — from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various hurricane recovery projects,” USA Today reports. The devastating storm caused millions in damage and many deaths.
The 58-year-old has also been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $82,000. He was found guilty in February and will report to jail on September 8. He could have been sentenced to as much as 30 years. The recommended length was 15 years. Judge Ginger Berrigan says Nagin claimed less profit from the crimes than others who were involved. His cohorts plead guilty and many of them testified against him.
Prosecutors argued for a lengthy sentence, saying the crimes were well-thought out and Nagin showed no remorse for what he’s done. During his testimony, it’s reported that he was “glib” in his responses and didn’t even acknowledge his own signature on receipts in some cases. The court says Nagin has taken about $500,000.
Nagin and his family have made accusations of prosecutorial misconduct and have asked that Nagin remain free until that is resolved. His wife Seletha has also said the family has been diminished to financial ruin during the course of the court fight.
“We have exhausted our savings, borrowed from family, gone on public assistance (for the first time ever) and even had to file bankruptcy to avoid being homeless. We have even sold much of our furniture and all of our jewelry with the exception of our wedding rings,” she wrote in a letter.
Nagin was arrested three years after he left office. By the time he ended his term as mayor, the people of New Orleans were happy to see him go, says The New York Times.