Breaking News: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Indicted on 21 Corruption Charges

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Breaking News: Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Indicted on 21 Corruption Charges

The Associated Press has reported the former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges.

The charges stem from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.

The counts include:

  • wire fraud
  • bribery
  • money laundering
  • filing false tax returns
  • and conspiracy

At the time of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Nagin’s reputation elevated to the national stage.

During a radio interview broadcast in the storm’s early aftermath, he angrily pleaded with federal officials to “get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”

Strong support from black voters helped Nagin win re-election in 2006 despite widespread criticism of his post-Katrina leadership. But the glacial pace of rebuilding, a surge in violent crime and the budding City Hall corruption investigation chipped away at Nagin’s popularity during his second term.

We will return with more updates on the breaking story.