On Wednesday, July 9 Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison and has to pay $84,264 in restitution to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). The former New Orleans Mayor was found guilty of 20 charges of bribery, fraud, and money laundering. With the charges that were being held against him it was likely that he could serve up to 20 years in prison
U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan told the courtroom that she only gave him 10 years due to his age and that he is not a danger to anybody. The judge recommended that Nagin be held at Oakdale Minimum Security Prison and is to report there in September to start his sentence.
After receiving his sentence Nagin said, “I trust God is going to work all this out.”
Prosecutors said that Naign was the center of a scheme in which he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services, and free travel from businessmen, and allegedly $500,000. These businessmen were seeking contracts with the city, and Nagin’s support for multiple projects.
Naign’s sons are not being charged with a crime, however the prosecutors have reason to believe that they were apart of his scheme.
The residents of New Orleans are fed up with Nagin, and disgusted by his behavior. Nagin was Mayor when Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. They believe that he didn’t put enough effort into restoring the city after the hurricane.