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Former mayor Ray Nagin's federal corruption trial delayed

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New Orleans, La. - Sources tell FOX 8 News that the federal corruption trial for former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been delayed.

The delay was granted at a status hearing Thursday before Judge Helen Berrigan.

Nagin's attorney Robert Jenkins said he needs more time to prepare for trial.

The trial was originally set for October 7th, but has been pushed to October 28th.

In a 21 count indictment, prosecutors accuse the former mayor of accepting payoffs, free trips and other arrangements.

That includes 1 count of conspiracy, 6 counts of bribery, 9 counts of wire fraud, 1 count of money laundering conspiracy, and 4 counts of income tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say Nagin used his public office to provide favorable treatment that benefited businesses that in turn gave him bribery and kickback payments in the form of cash, granite, wire transfers and free travel. The federal government alleges all of this took place from 2005 to 2008.

The government says much of the kickbacks were funneled thru the granite company Stone Age that Nagin formed with his two sons in 2005.

The government's case alleges payments made to Nagin by former city vendors Rodney Williams and Frank Fradella. Both have already pleaded guilty in federal court and both have said they will cooperate.

The indictment mentions more than $60,000 in payments Rodney Williams made to Nagin. In return, Williams company, Three Fold Consultants, was awarded a series of lucrative city contracts.

Frank Fradella's company, Home Solutions, had contracts at the French Market, airport, and French Quarter. The government says Nagin bribed Fradella, who gave the now former mayor $50,000. When Nagin left office, Fradella hired him as a consultant paying another $112,000.

The indictment also lists trips given to Nagin by former city vendors Mark St. Pierre and Aaron Bennett. 

Federal prosecutors allege in 2006, Nagin received private jet travel and limousine services to New York City from an unnamed businessman, in return, Nagin waived tax penalties owed by that businessman on a delinquent tax bill. The indictment says that businessman owned and operated a theatre in New Orleans East.

The grand jury also indicted Nagin for filing false tax returns after prosecutors presented evidence Nagin didn't report more than $500,000 from 2005 thru 2008.

 

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