Businessman Fradella Who Testified Against Ex-Mayor Nagin Gets 1 Year

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A businessman whose testimony helped put former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in prison has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty in Nagin's bribery case and in a separate securities fraud matter.

         Frank Fradella was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan. Fradella pleaded guilty in June 2012 to making a $50,000 payoff to Nagin in exchange for favorable treatment of his business interests. He also pleaded guilty to a securities fraud charge that originated in Dallas.

         Last February, Fradella was among the businessmen who testified about bribing Nagin, a Democrat who served two terms from 2002 to 2010.

         Nagin was convicted for corruption that prosecutors said began before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

         – by AP Reporter Kevin McGill



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