Federal jury finds former New Orleans mayor guilty of bribery and fraud

The former New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin, 57, accused in January of taking money in bribes and kickbacks, was found guilty of bribery and fraud on 20 out of 21 counts.

The NPR reports that Prosecutors said Nagin accepted perks such as free travel and played a role in
funneling money and granite to Stone Age, a company run by his sons. The counts cover a large portion of Nagin's two terms as mayor from 2002-2010, a tenure that included the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005.

Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

The Times-Picayune wrote:
"The trial included a roll call of personalities that have been in the news for years because of the City Hall corruption case: former city technology director Greg Meffert, who pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for awarding city work and said he helped arrange payoffs and perks for Nagin; contractor Rodney Williams, who also pleaded guilty and said he and his business partners gave thinly veiled bribes to Nagin; Frank Fradella, another issuer of a guilty plea, who said he paid for travel and orchestrated bribes of cash and granite for Nagin; and Fradella associate Michael McGrath, serving time for massive mortgage fraud, who also said he used barely veiled techniques to channel bribe money to Nagin."
The case was investigated by the FBI, the IRS and New Orleans' inspector general.

Nagin won the New Orleans mayoral seat 10 years ago. After leaving office, he moved to Texas.