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Witness: Vendor Funded Ex-New Orleans Mayor Trips

Ex-Mayor Ray Nagin’s Corruption Trial

by Kevin McGill
Associated Press

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    Ray Nagin arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrives at the Hale Boggs Federal Building in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Nagin, who faces charges that he accepted bribes and free trips among other things from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work. Photo/Jonathan Bachman (AP Photo)

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former technology chief for the city of New Orleans says ex-Mayor Ray Nagin took expensive vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica paid for by a major city vendor, Mark St. Pierre, who also helped funnel illegal contributions to Nagin's 2006 re-election campaign.

Greg Meffert testified Friday in Nagin's federal corruption trial as part of a plea agreement. He also told jurors that businessman Frank Fradella arranged a 2007 flight to Chicago for an NFL playoff game, during which Fradella and an associate discussed doing business with Nagin's family.

St. Pierre has been convicted in the case, while Fradella has pleaded guilty.

Nagin's 21-count indictment accuses him of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes — including money, trips and truckloads of free granite for his family business — for helping contractors secure city business. Nagin was mayor from 2002-2010.

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