Former NOLA Mayor Nagin Indicted

Ray Nagin

Ray Nagin

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on 21 federal corruption charges, following several years of investigation.

The charges are the outgrowth of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen, Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams.

Williams pleaded guilty last December 5 to bribing Mayor Nagin with more than US$72,000 in exchange for securing no-bid contracts with City Hall. Fradella pleaded guilty in June 2012 on similar charges.

Friday’s indictments allege Nagin Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from Fradella and Williams. Also included in the charges are 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.

Both Fradella and Williams are expected to testify in court, should the charges against Nagin come to trial.

As previously reported, Nagin and former New Orleans technology chief Greg Meffert were accused in 2009 of accepting bribes from Dell Computers for a lucrative contract to install CCTV cameras in the city.

 

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