Louisiana Political News Wire
Nagin implicated in new document charging Covington businessman
The screws tightened considerably on former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday as a friend and former city contractor was charged in federal court with conspiring to bribe an unnamed official who is otherwise known to be Nagin. Covington businessman Frank Fradella is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to paying off Nagin for favorable treatment in business with the city. Fradella's disaster restoration firm, Home Solutions of America, and its affiliates won millions of dollars in city contracts after Hurricane Katrina. He held meetings with the mayor that were uniquely blacked out of Nagin's public calendar until a court forced the mayor to disclose that the meetings were with Fradella. He also was tied to Home Depot, which gave a coveted service deal to the Nagin family's granite countertop company, Stone Age LLC. And a former partner of Fradella's in Florida has told The Times-Picayune and federal investigators that Fradella took granite and delivered it to Stone Age.
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