Jesse Jackson Jr. may have admitted wrongdoing but his fellow former political brethren refuses to fess up to his own set of charges. Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin pleaded not guilty to several charges today, including allegedly taking bribes, and corruption.
Nagin appeared before magistrate judge Sally Shushan this afternoon, where he entered his plea, and had his bond set at $100,000. He was also asked to hand over his passport.
The 56-year-old is accused of accepting kickbacks and other bribes in exchange for securing millions of dollars in work for contractors. According to his indictment, Nagin received nine payoffs from one contractor, and over $70,000 in bribes from another.
Spending a portion of his career as a cable TV executive, Nagin was elected mayor in 2002. He became the unofficial spokesperson for the city after Hurricane Katrina, and won reelection in 2006. Ending his term in 2010, Nagin was succeeded by Mitch Landrieu, who took over his political post in 2010.
Since stepping out of the spotlight, Nagin penned the book Katrina’s Secrets: Storms After The Storm.
In addition to the aforementioned crimes, Nagin is accused money laundering, and filing false tax returns.