Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering, and corruption that occurred over his two-year term, including the years after Hurricane Katrina ravished the city.
Nagin, 58, was convicted on February 12 of accepting over half a million dollars from businessmen who wanted work to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Nagin accepted bribes from the men, including cash, vacations, and supplies for his family business. In return he awarded city contracts to these businesses to work on various projects and Katrina rebuilding efforts.
He has denied any wrongdoing in the bribery schemes since his 2013 indictment and February trial. Before U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan read the sentence, Nagin said, “I trust that God’s going to work all this out.” He did not issue an apology to those affected by his actions. His two grown sons, who were part of the family business that received construction goods from a contractor, did not face charges.