Former New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Mayor Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on 21 federal corruption charges including bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns.
Nagin allegedly defrauded the city of New Orleans through a spiders web of financial schemes including “a bribery and kickback scheme” in which he received a bevy of cash and favoritism/gifts from businessmen seeking contracts and favorable treatment from the city. Nagin’s family also benefited with vacations to numerous exotic locations.
In exchange the businessmen were awarded city contracts of varying million dollar amounts, for jobs ranging in scope from consulting to construction to “professional services.” There’s also mention that Nagin awarded no bid contracts to direct campaign contributors.
In 2005 the African American and dyed in the wool Democrat Nagin called for the reconstruction of what he referred to as a “chocolate New Orleans. You can’t have New Orleans no other way.” He later recanted that statement which he claimed came in the heat of emotion, stating that everyone was welcome in New Orleans.