NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will have to pay the government more than $501,000 as a result of his conviction on bribery and other charges, a federal judge said Tuesday.
Nagin was convicted in February on 20 counts including bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy during his two terms as mayor. The Democrat served from 2002 to 2010 and was known his impassioned pleas for help for the city after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
Prosecutors said Nagin received more than $501,000 in money, goods and services from businessmen in exchange for lucrative work early in his tenure as mayor, and as the city sought to rebuild in the aftermath of the catastrophic hurricane. Nagin’s attorney, Robert Jenkins, said the amount should be less because Nagin shared liability with others, but U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan agreed with prosecutors in the forfeiture judgment.
The charges Nagin was convicted of carry a variety of maximum sentences ranging from three to 20 years. Nagin, 57, is set to be sentenced June 11, but he is seeking a delay. His lawyer said he needs more time to respond to a pre-sentence investigation.
In the corruption investigation of City Hall, a former city vendor was convicted and two businessmen pleaded guilty. Nagin’s former technology chief also pleaded guilty in connection with the case and testified against Nagin.
Nagin was indicted three years after he left office. At his trial, Nagin testified that key witnesses lied and prosecutors misinterpreted evidence including emails, checks and pages from his appointment calendar linking him to businessmen who said they bribed him.
Politicians Doing Time for Their Crime
1. Former Congressman William Jefferson1 of 18
2. Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers2 of 18
3. Former Ohio State Representative W. Carlton Weddington3 of 18
4. Sisters of corruption -Jane Orie, Joan Orie Melvin and Janine Orie4 of 18
5. Former Alabama State Representative James Thomas5 of 18
6. Former Mississippi state prosecutor and judge Bobby DeLaughter6 of 18
7. Former New York State Senator Shirley Huntley7 of 18
8. Former Governor of Illinois and golden boy Rod Blagojevich8 of 18
9. Former Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson9 of 18
10. Former Prince County Executive Jack B. Johnson10 of 18
11. Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford11 of 18
12. Former Federal District Judge Samuel B. Kent (Texas)12 of 18
13. Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin13 of 18
14. Former City Councilman Larry Seabrook14 of 18
15. Former New York State Senator Efrain Gonzalez15 of 18
16. Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland16 of 18
17. Former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson17 of 18
18. Current D.C. Council member Marion Barry18 of 18
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