Former New Orleans Mayor To Report To Prison Today
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) was due to report to federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, on Monday to begin serving a 10-year sentence for corruption during the years when the city was struggling to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
[su_center_ad]Nagin, a Democrat, was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005, when Katrina overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage.
The 58-year-old former mayor plans to appeal his conviction, according to Reuters.
According to court filings, claims to be nearly penniless, and has been granted a court-appointed lawyer.
Nagin, a businessman turned politician, served as New Orleans’ mayor from 2002-2010.
In July, a jury convicted Nagin of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes — money, free vacation trips and truckloads of free granite for his family business — from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various hurricane recovery projects. The charges included wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and tax evasion.
With good behavior, Nagin could serve about 8-1/2 years in prison out of the 10-year sentence.[su_csky_ad]