Former New Orleans mayor sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New Orleans, LA, United States (4E) – Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years on Wednesday becoming the first mayor of the city to be sent to prison for corruption.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence five months after Nagin, 58, was convicted by a jury for 20 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges committed during his two terms. The judge also ordered Nagin to pay about $84,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Prosecutors said Nagin received lavish trips, cash and granite from city vendors in exchange for contracts with the city. Co-conspirators Greg Meffert, Nagin’s chief technology officer, and businessman Frank Fradella, were also convicted with the latter getting a 17-year sentence from another judge.

Nagin is the latest Louisiana elected officials to be convicted of misdeeds. Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and former Rep. William Jefferson were also convicted of corruption and sentenced to 10 and 13 years, respectively.

Nagin thanked the judge for her professionalism after the sentencing and left the courthouse together with his wife and lawyers. He did not speak to reporters who followed them out of the courthouse. He will start serving his sentence at a federal prison in Oakdale on Sept. 8.

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