Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Convicted for Using His Office to Turn 'Chocolate City' Into Gold

Ray Nagin is headed to jail.

A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.

The jury on Wednesday convicted Nagin of 20 of 21 counts against him.

Nagin was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman.


Nagin infamously yelled “Where are the (federal government’s) buses?” during Hurricane Katrina, when his city government owned dozens of buses that should have been used to move New Orleans residents out of harm’s way.

Now he will be bused to a federal penitentiary.


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