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Ex-New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud

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Photo -   FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 file photo, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin speaks during an interview in his office at City Hall in New Orleans. The former New Orleans mayo was indicted Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008 file photo, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin speaks during an interview in his office at City Hall in New Orleans. The former New Orleans mayo was indicted Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.

The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.

The counts include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy.

Nagin, a former cable television executive who now lives in Frisco, Texas, was a political novice before being elected to his first term as mayor in 2002, buoyed by strong support from white voters.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 elevated Nagin to the national stage, where he gained a reputation for colorful and sometimes cringe-inducing rhetoric.

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