Ray Nagin, the former Mayor of New Orleans and what the media nicknamed "the face of Hurricane Katrina" has been indicted on 21 federal charges that include bribery, wire fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns. He was Mayor of The Big Easy from 2002 to 2010.
Mayor Ray Nagin allegedly took gratuities like payments and travel for doing favors for people, abusing his position as mayor in things like city contracts. Four associates of the former mayor have pleaded guilty in this case. the indictment reads: "Mayor Nagin used his public office and his official capacity to provide favorable treatment that benefited the business and financial interests of individuals providing him bribery/kickback payoffs."
One gets extremely tired of hearing about corruption in politics, and these days, it does not come as a surprise to anyone when someone is brought up on charges. In fact, the world is in such a degenerate state that it is a surprise when someone in a public office is actually honest. Former Mayor Ray Nagin may be the name splashed on the front page, but the sad truth is, that corruption and politics seem to go hand in hand these days.
Apparently, Nagin received more than $150,000 in bribes from a businessman named Frank Fradella, which in turn bought him millions in city contracts after Katrina was over. Nagin also accepted around $60,000 from Rodney Williams, another businessman who received city contracts. Local businessman also paid for Nagin to take his family to Hawaii and Jamaica according to the indictment.
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