Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin sentenced to 10 years
POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:28am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:20pm
U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 years on Wednesday.
Nagin was convicted of federal corruption charges on February 12, 2014, after a two week trial. He was found guilty of 20 of the 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Nagin left office in 2010, after two terms in office.
In February, a jury found him guilty of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and other favors from businessmen looking for a break from his administration.
The former mayor maintained his innocence even after the conviction.
Prosecutors argued that Nagin was at the center of a kickback scheme in which he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services and free travel from businessmen seeking contracts and favorable treatment from the city.
A January 2013 indictment detailed more than $200,000 in bribes to the mayor, and his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service. In exchange, businesses that coughed up for Nagin and his family won more than $5 million in city contracts, according to the indictment.
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