WASHINGTON — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, a Democrat, reported Monday to start serving his ten-year prison sentence for corruption. Nagin’s crimes took place as New Orleans was trying to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
Reuters reported that some 1,500 people were killed in the city as a result of the hurricane, along with $80 billion in damages and flooding 80% of the city. The floods occurred when the city’s levees were overwhelmed by rising waters.
Nagin is serving his time in a Texas prison in Texarkana. The 58-year-old former mayor plans to appeal his conviction.
He was charged and sentenced for bribery, conspiracy and money-laundering as a result of steering city contracts to certain businesses. Yet the liberal mainstream media remains silent on Nagin.