Nagin Gets 10 Years
Disgraced Democrat Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for corruption, fraud, and money laundering.
In addition to the 10-year sentence, Nagin was fined US$82,000.
Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on 21 federal corruption charges. He was convicted last February.
Nagin could have gotten 20 years for the charges; prosecutors recommended 15. But presiding U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan said the former mayor was not the leader of the corruption scheme and cited character references in handing down the lighter sentence.
“Prosecutors objected to the sentence, a move that could set up an appeal,” reports the New York Times.
It is believed that Nagin may have taken as much as a half-million dollars as his share of profits from the corruption scandal, which included awarding a lucrative CCTV contract to Dell Computers. Today Nagin is in “financial ruin,” according to reports.