He gained worldwide fame because he was mayor during Hurricane Katrina. Nagin who is 58 years old has to report to a federal prison on Sept. 8 and was also ordered to pay $82,000 in restitution charges related to bribes, fraud, and other related charges that took place both before and after Katrina in 2005.
He was convicted for taking hundreds of thousands in bribes, free vacations all expense paid trips, truckloads of granite because his family business deals in granite.
In total he was found guilty on 20 of 21 charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman compared Nagin’s crimes with those of other public officials who drew stiff sentences, including former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (28 years), former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (14 years) and former Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Larry Langford (15 years). “Nagin’s widespread and corrosive breach of the public trust – lasting through much of his tenure in office – equals even the worst of these state and local corruption cases,” Coman wrote.