January 18, 2013

Treme is more than fiction; Nagin indicted

Wonkette - In an unprecedented instance of a Louisiana politician being accused of corruption, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been charged by a federal grand jury with 21 counts of corruption as foreseen by David Simon in his documentary Treme! Tell us more about the details, not-quite-a-newspaper-anymore Times-Picayune. Charges include:  six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money laundering, nine counts of deprivation of honest services through wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors. Nagin’s long-expected indictment arrived more than two and a half years after he left City Hall and relocated to the Dallas area.

The two contractors have already pleaded guilty to bribing the mayor in a separate case, although in that case he was identified only as “Public Official A,” and are expected to testify against Nagin, who will now be known as “Public Official Fuckin’ A.”

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