Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleads not guilty to corruption charges

POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:33pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 4:32pm

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin appeared in before magistrate judge Sally Shushan on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to corruption charges.

Before former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin appears before a judge, he'll have to go through the swath of reporters first.

A federal judge has postponed an arraignment for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on charges he accepted bribes and gratuities from city contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in work for the city.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin sends out a tweet one day after his indictment with a quote from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The man who helped the city of New Orleans get through Hurricane Katrina is now charged in a 21-count corruption case.

In magistrate court, a defendant can only plead not guilty. A magistrate judge then sets bond, hearing dates and a tentative trial date. A not guilty plea in front a magistrate judge is required as a formality for anyone indicted on criminal charges.

Nagin's trial was set for April 29 at 10 a.m. His bond was set at $100,000.

Nagin was charged in a 21-count indictment on Jan. 18. The charges include bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and more.

The indictment says Nagin accepted bribes from Frank Fradella, including $50,000, granite inventory, and nine payoffs in the form of wire transfers from Fradella totaling $112,500. The indictment also said that Nagin accepted approximately $72,250 in bribes from Rodney Williams and his company, Three Fold Consultants, LLC.

The indictment charges Nagin with accepting bribes and payoffs from consultants and contractors, money laundering conspiracy and filing false tax returns from 2005 to 2008.

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