Ex-New Orleans Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Bribery

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Nagin also is charged with accepting at least $60,000 in payoffs from another businessman, Rodney Williams, for his help in securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and management services work. Williams pleaded guilty in December to a conspiracy charge.

The indictment also accuses Nagin of getting free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman who owned a New Orleans movie theater. Nagin is accused of agreeing to waive tax penalties that the businessman owed to the city on a delinquent tax bill in 2006.

From several city contractors, Nagin is accused of accepting free travel and vacation expenses for trips to Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas and Jamaica while in office.

Greg Meffert, a former technology official and deputy mayor under Nagin, pleaded guilty in 2010 to taking bribes and kickbacks in exchange for steering city contracts to businessman Mark St. Pierre. Anthony Jones, who served as the city’s chief technology officer in Nagin’s administration, also pleaded guilty to taking payoffs.

St. Pierre was convicted in May 2011 of charges that include conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. Nagin’s indictment accuses him of accepting bribes from St. Pierre.

Nagin served two terms as mayor. Term limits prevented him from seeking a third.

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4 thoughts on “Ex-New Orleans Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Bribery

  1. the story doesn’t mention he is a Democrat .. if it were a Republican or conservative the words would be splashed

    he stole from the citizens and deserves the maximum sentance.

  2. The former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin did not abandon the city, while plenty of people were jumping ship. I believe he like many others were in- over- their -heads…..He was a good business man, not so at emergencies…….Being that Katrina was the one of the biggest tragedies in American history (Nearly 2,000 dead hundreds missing) I think he deserves some leniency. New Orleans has always been a multi-cultural area which today it is returning too; the “chocolate” city comment was inappropriate and certainly gave him a black eye, but his words however politically incorrect, had relevance. Some poor who were black, struggled to return to N.O. and their voice was being drowned by all the commotion. I hope he doesn’t get any time considering what has already transpired but it’s in the air…..Many cases of this matter have high potential to not go to court even after “not guilty” pleas however his lawyer has to nail down the details against the FEDS (might have to open up the piggy bank and settle)……There is a reason folks still hire him for disaster consul…..He’s certainly been through it…..

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