Former New Orleans Mayor, Ray Nagin, todays reports to jail to begin his 10-year prison sentence following his conviction on 20 criminal counts.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was due to report to federal prison on Monday to begin serving a 10-year sentence for corruption during the years when the city was struggling to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
Nagin, a Democrat, was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005, when Katrina overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage.
He is due to serve his time at a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, according to television station WDSU.
Nagin, who served as New Orleans mayor from 2002-2010, was convicted on exactly 20 criminal counts including bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. They are all connected to payments he received for granting city contracts. Under law, he should serve 8 1/2 years behind bars with good behavior.
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