Ray Nagin receives 10 year prison sentence for money laundering and bribery.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering and bribery among other charges, which occurred during his terms as mayor that included the turbulent years after Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. According to Fox News, Nagin was convicted February 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen who wanted work from the city or Nagin’s support for various projects. The bribes came in the form of money, free vacations and truckloads of free granite for his family business.
The Democrat Mayor continued to deny any wrongdoing during his February trial. Nagin issued a brief statement before the judge announced the sentence thanking the judge and making no apologies and saying, “I trust that God’s going to work all this out.”
Nagin will report to the federal prison in Oakdale, La., in September. Outside the courtroom the prosecution displayed their displeasure over the sentence falling below the guidelines of 15-20 years, What Ray Nagin did was sell his office over and over and over again, “The damage that Ray Nagin inflicted upon this community … is incalculable. We as a community need not and should not accept public corruption.”
Nagin’s wife issued a petition to the judge asking to delay the sentencing proceedings stating, “We are mentally and financially drained,” she wrote in the four-page letter dated July 1. “We have exhausted our savings, borrowed from family, gone on public assistance (for the first time ever) and even had to file bankruptcy to avoid being homeless. We have even sold much of our furniture and all of our jewelry with the exception of our wedding rings.” Mayor Nagin is widely known for attacking the bush administration for not responding to the hurricane ravaged New Orleans.
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