Sentencing delayed until February for Frank Fradella, witness in Nagin corruption trial

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NEW ORLEANS — Sentencing has been delayed until February for a businessman whose testimony helped convict former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Frank Fradella had been scheduled for sentencing earlier in the week. But U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set a new Feb. 11 sentencing date.

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.

Nagin is serving a 10-year prison sentence for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor, from 2002-2010. The conviction is being appealed.

Nagin, a Democrat, was indicted in January 2013 on charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business.

Fradella's testimony spanned two days during the February trial that led to Nagin's conviction. He testified he arranged to get $50,000 to Nagin when the mayor said he needed money to support a family business called Stone Age. Fradella also said he paid Nagin off with free granite for the business.

The charges to which Fradella pleaded guilty carry a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. However, prosecutors are seeking a lighter sentence. The terms of his plea agreement call for up to seven years, although Morgan is not bound by the agreement.

Rodney Williams, another city vendor who pleaded guilty in the case and testified against Nagin, was sentenced to a year and a day earlier this year.

Greg Meffert, the city technology chief under Nagin, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for his role in City Hall corruption.

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