Source: Daniel Arkin / NBC News
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded not guilty to a slew of federal corruption charges Wednesday afternoon, including bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering.
Nagin, 56, who gained national prominence after Hurricane Katrina devastated his city, is accused of accepting bribes or kickbacks from three prominent city contractors while New Orleans struggled to recover from the disaster. The graft schemes included $50,000 in free granite for Nagin’s family countertop business and nine wire-transfer payoffs totaling $112,500.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan set Nagin’s trial for April 29 at 10 a.m. The former mayor’s bond was set at $100,000 during Wednesday’s arraignment. His travel is confined to Louisiana and Texas, where Nagin now lives.
Wednesday’s afternoon in court was his first public appearance since a federal grand jury delivered a 21-count public corruption indictment in January, Reuters reported.