Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who rose to national prominence in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was convicted on Wednesday of 20 out of 21 counts of corruption.
Nagin was convicted by a Louisiana jury of charges ranging from conspiracy, to bribery, to filing false tax returns, to wire fraud. The court ruled that Nagin created via a series of bribes and kickbacks, “a scheme and artifice to defraud” New Orleans residents.
The court found that Nagin accepted tens of thousands of dollars in via interstate wire transfer and provided a series of local businesses with special favors in exchange for remuneration.
Nagin will remain free on bond while he awaits his sentence. He faces up to 45 years in prison.
Read the full list of counts of corruption via the New Orleans Times-Picayune