Former Mayor of ‘Chocolate City’ Indicted on 21 Counts of Bribery, Money Laundering, Wire Fraud and Tax Violations

From The Times-Picayune.

A federal grand jury charged former (Democrat) Mayor Ray Nagin Friday with 21 counts of corruption, including six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money laundering, nine counts of deprivation of honest services through wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors. Nagin’s long-expected indictment arrived more than two and a half years after he left City Hall and relocated to the Dallas area.

Two businessmen, Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams, have both pleaded guilty to paying bribes to the mayor — who was listed in earlier court documents as “Public Official A” — in exchange for the promise of city work. Both are expected to testify against Nagin if his case goes to trial.

While in charge of New Orleans, Nagin totally screwed the pooch on managing the emergency preparations and the aftermath.  He made a living out of being an offensive paranoid idiot.

The guy who should have been Mayor, Lt. General Russell Honore, was commander of the relief convoy that rolled into New Orleans while Nagin moved his family to Houston to sit out the disaster in comfort.

The indictments couldn’t happen to a better assclown.

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