Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of 20 of 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, wire fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns. He was found not guilt on one charge of bribery. Nagin’s sentencing is scheduled for June 11. Nagin, 57, was accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, as well as siphoning money and granite into a business owned by his sons. The counts span most of Nagin’s two terms as the city’s mayor, from 2002 to 2010.
Nagin gained national exposure following Hurricane Katrina and the slow response of federal, state and local agencies. The 2005 hurricane devastated most low-lying areas of the city, caused billions in damages, and forced the relocation of hundreds of thousands of residents.