New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, center, and Dr. Edward Blakely, right, executive director of recovery management, talk to shoppers at the first Freret Market, the second target recovery project to be announced, New Orleans, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. Dedication of the Freret Market came just over five months after recovery director Ed Blakely unveiled a hurricane recovery plan that focused on 17 areas of the city and said he envisioned "cranes on the skyline" by September. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber
(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 also include filing false tax returns and conspiracy.
Nagin, a former cable television executive, 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.