Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

A federal jury found former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin guilty of corruption charges on Wednesday.

Nagin has been found guilty of 20 counts. Nagin accepted bribes and other payoffs from contractors while helping them secure millions of dollars of work, prosecutors said, according to the Associated Press.

The two-term mayor was charged with accepting money in payoffs. He was also accused of moving some of the money allocated for Hurricane Katrina recovery into a company owned by his sons.

Nagin, 57, did not look obviously upset outside the New Orleans courtroom. He said, “I’m at peace with this for a long time. I’m good.”

Nagin left office in 2010 and was indicted in January 2013. The jury heard from over 30 witnesses in the case, including contractors who already plead guilty. Nagin’s former technology chief, Greg Meffert, is awaiting sentencing for allegedly helped a businessman to bribe Nagin with lavish vacation trips.

According to Reuters, Nagin will be sentenced later. His penalty could be up to 20 years in prison.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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