Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor.
NEW ORLEANS — The man who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina now faces federal corruption charges.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 31 on charges he accepted bribes and gratuities from city contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in work for the city.
A 21-count federal indictment Friday accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in bribes, free loads of granite for a family business and trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and other places.
The charges against Nagin include bribery, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. They are the product of a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen and a prison sentence for a former city vendor.
Nagin, now a resident of Frisco, Texas, served as mayor from 2002 to 2010.
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