Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:00 AM by Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 31 on charges he accepted bribes and gratuities from city contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in work for the city.
A 21-count federal indictment Friday accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in bribes, free loads of granite for a family business and trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and other places.
The charges against Nagin include bribery, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. They are the product of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen and a prison sentence for a former city vendor.
Nagin, now a resident of Frisco, Texas, served as mayor from 2002 to 2010.