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By: CICELY MITCHELL
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted by a grand jury. He faces 21 federal corruption counts.

The charges which were handed down Friday upon the heels of a City Hall corruption investigation, have already rendered guilty pleas by two former New Orleans City officials and two city professionals.

In the indictment, some of the charges Nagin faces include accusations that he received a free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman, using his mayoral office for personal gain and obtaining free trips and gratuities from contractors in the midst of rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

Nagin is also accused of accepting at least $60,000 in payoffs from a business professional.

The charges that Nagin faces include: bribery, filing false tax returns, conspiracy, money laundering and wire fraud.

Fifty-six-year-old Nagin a former Cox Communications executive, has been issued a summons to appear in court.

Nagin was mayor of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. At the time, he was praised for his swift action and attention to the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans. He has hired attorney Robert Jenkins to represent him.

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