Ray Nagin, New Orleans Mayor During Katrina, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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July 9 2014 11:49 AM

Ray Nagin, New Orleans Mayor During Katrina, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Corruption

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin at a 2011 event held by the New Look Foundation, a group created by the musician Usher.

Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Usher's New Look Foundation

Ray Nagin, who was the mayor of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a variety of federal corruption charges. From NBC:

Nagin, 58, was convicted on Feb. 12 of accepting more than $500,000 worth of bribes and free trips from contractors in exchange for helping them clinch millions of dollars in city work when he was mayor of New Orleans, both pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina. He was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts in the indictment. Nagin, a Democrat who was mayor for two terms from 2002 to 2010, denied he took any bribes.
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This piece in the New Orleans Times-Picayune documents the specific charges against Nagin—and notes that early in his mayoral career he presented himself as an anti-corruption reformer.

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