Full Name: Clarence Ray Nagin Jr.
Profession: Mayor of New Orleans
Why Famous: Nagin served as the Mayor of New Orleans from 2002 until 2010. During his time in office, he became an international figure as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the devastating effects of the storm on the city.
Along with various other government officials, he was criticized for his response to the disaster, particularly for having waited to order a mandatory evacuation. He was further criticized for saying God wanted New Orleans to remain a majority African-American city (or "chocolate city" as he said) and for saying the hurricanes that affected the Gulf Coast in 2005 were punishment for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In 2013 Nagin was indicted on corruption charges, namely wire fraud, bribery, money laundering and filing false tax returns. Prosecutors alleged he had taken payouts from businessmen in return for millions of dollars of contracts in the aftermath of Katrina. He was found guilty in 2014 and sentenced to ten years in prison.
- 2013-01-18 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is indicted on corruption charges stemming from post-Hurricane Katrina business contracts and bribes
- 2014-02-12 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to ten years in prison