NEW ORLEANS, LA — Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was indicted for 21-charges on Friday, Jan. 18. The charges include bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and more.
“This is a sad day for the city of New Orleans,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement. “Today’s indictment of former Mayor Ray Nagin alleges serious violations of the public’s trust. Public corruption cannot and will not be tolerated.”
Nagin is the first mayor in New Orleans history to face criminal charges. According to reports, the indictment says Nagin received numerous kickbacks for steering business toward Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams.
Nagin took office in May 2002 and served as Mayor during Hurricane Katrina. He was widely criticized for how he handled storm preparations, evacuations and recovery.
After the storm Nagin committed to cracking down on “good old boy” practices in politics. However, federal investigators began investigating Nagin during his second term.
Frank Fradella and Rodney Williams cooperated with investigators to testify against Nagin stating that he steered contracts their way.
Also indicted was Nagin’s former Technology Chief Greg Meffert. He eventually pleaded guilty to corruption charges. Anthony Jones also pleaded guilty in federal court and one of their contractors Mark St. Pierre was convicted on kickback-related charges.
Nagin left office in 2010 and has spent most of his time in Texas.