Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin leaves the federal courthouse with his Attorney Robert Jenkins, July 9,2014, after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Nagin, 58, was found guilty Feb. 12 of fraud, bribery and related charges involving crimes that took place before and after Katrina devastated the city in August 2005. He was ordered to report to federal prison Sept. 8, and also pay restitution of $82,000. UPI/A.J. Sisco | License Photo
During the seven-day trial, more than 30 witnesses testified, including some of the businessmen who had already pleaded guilty to bribing the Democratic mayor for city contracts. Prosecutors described a pattern of transactions in which a company would come to Nagin after trying get city work, and he would ask them for a favor, most often in the form of a payment to Nagin's granite countertop business, but also in perks such as trips or gifts.
In sum, prosecutors said Nagin collected more than half a million dollars in benefits, while contractors ended up with millions in city work.
Wednesday, that restitution fine was reduced to $82,000 on top of the prison time.