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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Indicted on 21 Charges of Katrina Related Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is best known for his reaction to the federal government’s slow response in the aftermath of HurricaneHurricane Gustav Katrina. Now, however, he may also be known as yet another in a long line of corrupt officials.

The former New Orleans Mayor  has been indicted on 21 federal corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.

The charges against Nagin stem from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.

NBC.com reports:

The federal indictment accuses Nagin of accepting more than $160,000 in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman who secured millions of dollars in city contract work after the 2005 hurricane. The businessman, Frank Fradella, pleaded guilty in June to bribery conspiracy and securities-fraud charges and has been cooperating with federal authorities.

The charges  include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy. The indictment also accuses Nagin, 56, of getting free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman in exchange for doing tax favors for the businessman.

Nagin, formerly a television executive, was a young political upstart when he became mayor of New Orleans. He is most well known for being the mayor of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, where he was both derided and celebrated for becoming outraged at the government’s response to Katrina during a radio interview.

Nagin won reelection in 2006, even though many criticized his actions during Katrina.

Nagin’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, has not responded to  the indictment.

 

 

34 Responses to Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Indicted on 21 Charges of Katrina Related Corruption

  1. Bobby G

    February 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    His political enemies are out to get him. Even if
    he gets out of it and probably will, they enjoy
    the misery of the harassment.

  2. bernina200

    January 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    This is all hog wash,retribution for coming out against The Bush Adminstration. Why is it NO ONE was INDICATED FROM THE MISAPPORIATION OF ALL THE FUNDS, THAT CAUSE THE COUNTRY TO MELT DOWN.I lost over 500k and no one was punished. Today, I have read that two African American, have been indicated by the Federal Government. Warren Ballantine, for Real Estate fraud, and Ray Nagin, for mis handling of funds for Katrina, Give me a F—— break , or we in Saria, or America?

  3. corbin56

    January 24, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I knew it!! I just knew that this little slippery reptile was up to no good. I told everbody that this little bald headed troll was shadey. (with his little beady eyes)

    Oooohhh, Ray Nagin. You’re gonna get it now.

  4. Davy de Verteuil

    January 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Black folks always getting harangue and vilified. Watch what they print in the center pages is that -She said Stop/No, that’s what the Judges hang their entire assessment on: Its always some technical loop rather (noose) aimed at humiliating the Black community at large. They did it to Micheal Jackson until some fools felt it was kosheer to repeat and another Jackass came along milk him then killed him. The American justice & bureaucratic system is stack against the Black man don’t matter how much of a “hero” he or she becomes.

  5. rachelj

    January 22, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I dont believe any of it , he was set up as payback for blaming bush admistration failures. that so called partner probaly setup from begining…that is foul

  6. pinky

    January 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Nagin didn’t look the type and there is always a setup for us!Our president has to be careful.Even when you are trying to do the right thing,the devil is working to get you!

  7. rosemary davis

    January 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Perhaps the job in New Orleans would have advanced more when Nagin was in office had he not been so busy helping himself this is not a black or white thing they all do it because they feel that they can escape the long arm of the law and this is what Nagin thought so he’s just another Negro that rose from the bottom to the top and now he is at the bottom again waiting for the doors of prison to open for him and no doubt he will get substanal time for this and if those that were apart of his corruption have already pleaded guilty than they will probably testify against him in order to get leinancy themselves so Mr.Ex Mayor you made your bed now you have to lie in it no sympathy from me

  8. Pml

    January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    As much as I hate Bush, he wasn’t responsible for Katrina. Naigin was too busy talking smack and stuffing his pockets with cash. No one else could call the evacuation but him. He waited until the last moment which was too late. He’s as crooked as Kwame Kilpatrick, yet you idiots that insist the white man set him up, get what you deserve. Look at how corrupt Atlanta is, yet we blacks keep voting in the same ones over and over just because they’re black. Even after these crooks are busted they still get voted back in. These politicians only care about themselves and their bank accounts. Wake up fools!!

  9. Ceci Campbell-Rock

    January 21, 2013 at 3:41 am

    I know this: Jim Letten, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, until his shame-ridden resignation in Dec. 2012, had conducted a decade-long investigation of black politicians. He wanted former Mayor Marc Morial so badly, that in a pre-dawn raid. FBI agents door-rammed their way into Jacques Morial’s home.

    The violation of Morial’s brother apt. netted nothing but a community backlash. Letten persecuted his predecessor, Eddie Jordan, and every black elected official he could find.

    Yet, one of his assistants begged the court to have mercy on one of the white cops involved in the Danzinger Bridge murders. This cop was the first to rat out fellow officers. Some say he started the incident that left two dead and several citizens injured, who we’re fleeing the 20 ft of water Katrina dumped on the Lower 9 and N.O. East.

    This white woman asked the judge to reduce the white cop’s sentence to four months; because she thought a heavier sentence would make others hesitate to come forward. She overlooked the cop’s indictment for shooting at and possibly killing one of the black pedestrians.

    Is Ray Nagin guilty? Who knows? But I know that Letten’s office would have indicted a potato if it was black enough.

  10. Ceci Campbell-Rock

    January 21, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I don’t know what is true about the Nagin indictment but I know this: Jim Letten, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, had, until his shame-ridden resignation in Dec. 2012, conducted a decade-long investigation olf black politicians. He wanted former Mayor Marc Morial so bad, that he forced an illegal, door-ramming, surprise entry into Jacques Morial’s home.

    The violation of Morial’s brother netted nothing but a community backlash. Letten persecuted his predecessor, and every other black elected official he could find.

    Yet one of his assistants begged the court to have mercy on one of the white cops involved in the Danzinger murders. This cop was the first to rat out fellow officers. Some say he touched off the incident that left two dead and several citizens injured, while they we’re fleeing the 20 ft of water Katrina dumped on the lower 9 and N.O. East.

    this Asst. Attorney asked the judge to reduce this cop’s sentence to four months; because she thought a heavier sentence would make others hesitate in coming forward. This white female U.S. Attorney overlooked this cop’s indictment for shooting at and, possibly killing one of the black pedestrians.

    Is Ray Nagin guilty? Don’t know. But I do know that Letten’s office would have indicted a potato if it was black enough.

  11. KHALIL L. SAMAD

    January 21, 2013 at 2:23 am

    PEOPLE ONLY BELIEVE WHAT THEY WANT TO BELIEVE..SOON AS THE MEDIA (CORRUPT AS THEY ARE) RELEASES ANY DEMEANING INFORMATION ON ONE, PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO SOAK IT UP AND BELIEVE AS QUICKLY AS THE INFORMATION IS BEING DISTRIBUTED OUT….THUS , WHAT MS.WALKER HAS SAID, WHEN ONE DOES SOME GOOD , THERE IS SOMEONE FIGURING OUT A WAY TO DESTROY…THEY ARE LYING AWAKE AT NITE WHEN ALL IS ASLEEP DOING THIS FIGURING..SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT, OUR PEOPLE..

  12. Ishmar Muhammad

    January 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Black people Don’t be Bush Waked lol code 10 it’s the Enemy Don’t be a All Day Sucker! The Government just shifts the Blame! And we got a Negro to take the Blame! Gone and take the cheese Dummy! Here come the police! It’s a set up upset the set-up!

  13. Onesilverbac

    January 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Look if people were more informed, you would have known the police dept. was under investigation before Katrina! The mayor and police were being indited for bribery and extorion!

    After Katrina several police were convicted of murders committed during Katrina.

    Afterwards convictions were made for robbery.
    That city is worse than Chicago for corruption.

    Nagin didn’t do such a great job during Katrina, you forget he had plenty of warning and could had evacuated the residents but elected to ignore the warnings that were given to him. He also allowed the money that was to go for the dams and break walls to go instead to building casino’s. Yea he did really good work!

  14. Codrington C. Dapp

    January 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Can’t we EVER have a big city black mayor who ISN’T stealing money? I’m tired of this shit! That’s why people who ain’t never had nothing should ever be put in charge of a lot of money!

  15. Fatima

    January 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This falls in Bush’s lap period. There wasnt suppose to be any living left When will katrina be made whole again?

    • Mary

      January 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      WHAT?!!!!

  16. Toni

    January 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    We really need to concentrate on Dick Cheney & Haliburton.
    Also, lets concentrate on Sara Palin…Her words were Reload & Retreat & had targeted certain cities. All of a sudden a person with a mental illness uses a weapon & kills innocent people in a shopping center.

  17. Latrice

    January 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Can the government please finish the job with the Katrina survivors? There are still so many who have not received all the help they should have. Can they do that ,instead of throwing out indictments. This man called them on their shit and for that he will always have a bullseye on him. Let’s not fall for it. That’s why black people don’t speak up, because when they target us black people turn on each other. They don’t have to kill us anymore, they assasinate us another way

  18. Tawny

    January 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I just cannot believe this, after everything him and the survivor of Katrina victims endured I know he didn’t come out on the wrong side of that equation.

  19. Yeah I Said It!

    January 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Name one city mayor who doesn’t do this stuff but they, fed gov’t, like to zero in on black politicans. Nothing was never said about former VP Dick Cheney and how he engineered Haliburton’s arrangement for no bid contract in Iraq and the billions of tax payer dollars they stole.

  20. GREG L

    January 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I know that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and I hope that winds up being the situation here. Nagin never struck me as someone who’d be on the take. One of the things people like him have to be very careful of is entrapment and/or association. Of course, if he’s guilty, he should be punished.