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Disgraced Ex-New Orleans May Ray Nagin's Website Gets Remodeled By Prankster

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The website of former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin, who was convicted of corruption charges and sentenced this month to 10 years for bribery, was hacked by a prankster who doesn’t want anyone to forget his conviction.

Formerly used to sell his autobiography and book speaking engagements, Nagin’s website craynagin.com now includes the description: “Jive talker, bribe taker, convicted felon, soon-to-be jailbird."

The Tumblr hosted site shows a Photoshopped image of Nagin appearing in “Orange Is The New Black” – a show that takes place inside a federal prison. Nagin is to report to an Oakdale federal prison in September.

There’s also an image of a 2002 headline in the New York Post titled “The Big $leazy – New Orleans Mayor’s Kid Nabbed Here In Credit Scam.”

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But the heckling doesn’t stop there.

The alleged hacker also says, “I am selling craynagin.com to raise funds! Make an offer.”

The website is not raising funds for Nagin’s legal defense fees, the Times-Picayune reports.

Nagin, 58, allegedly received roughly $500,000 in the bribery scam as well as free vacations and “truckloads of free granite for his family business," according to Fox News.

His wife of 30 years, Seletha Smith, wrote to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who sentenced Nagin earlier this month, saying that they are in dire straights financially.

During his two terms as mayor, Nagin made national headlines when he called New Orleans a "Chocolate City" and also after giving an angry radio interview following Hurricane Katrina in which he asked why FEMA, the National Guard and President George Bush were nowhere to be found four days after the storm had passed.

“Don't tell me 40,000 people are coming here,” Nagin told WWL on Sept. 1, 2005. “They're not here. It's too doggone late. Now get off your asses and do something, and let's fix the biggest goddamn crisis in the history of this country.”

Sources: Times-Picayune, Fox News

Image credit: CRayNagin.com