Ray Nagin's fall: A timeline

2004

  • April: Southern Electronics/Active Solutions partnership awarded deal to install crime cameras citywide.
  • June 24: Mayor Ray Nagin issues executive order saying City Hall no longer must seek bids for technology services.
  • Dec. 7: Greg Meffert, Nagin’s chief technology officer, begins using American Express card billed to the city’s primary tech contractor, Mark St. Pierre. Also, Meffert and Nagin families travel to Maui at St. Pierre’s expense, and according to Nagin’s indictment, St. Pierre begins underwriting cellphone service for mayor’s “family members.”

2005

  • Jan. 21: Nagin, son Jeremy and nephew Tarikh Duckworth form Stone Age LLC.
  • Aug. 29: Katrina strikes; levees fail; 80 percent of New Orleans is submerged.
  • November: Jimmy Goodson, a St. Pierre employee, starts taking care of landscaping at Meffert’s and Nagin’s homes. Also, Nagin family travels to Jamaica at St. Pierre’s expense.

2006

  • May 8: Nagin fundraiser in Chicago hosted by St. Pierre, who also paid for Nagin’s airfare.
  • May 20: Nagin elected to second term.
  • May 23: George Solomon sponsors Nagin family’s $23,500 trip to New York, per indictment. In exchange, Nagin allegedly agrees to forgive delinquent city taxes and loan penalties owed by Solomon and partners on defunct cinema.
  • June: Stone Age opens storefront at 7901 Earhart Blvd.
  • July 8: Meffert hosts cruise for Nagin supporters on St. Pierre’s yacht. Six days later, Meffert resigns city post.
  • Sept. 25: St. Pierre agrees to pay Meffert $67,000 per month for “consulting.”

2007

  • Jan. 4: City Council authorizes sale of streets to Home Depot for planned Central City store. Councilwoman Stacy Head refuses to give the retailer everything it wants; Central City group requests a meeting with the mayor.
  • Jan. 20-23: Nagin and his wife, Seletha, fly to Saints-Bears playoff game in Chicago, then to Las Vegas with Meffert and Home Solutions of America executives, including Frank Fradella and Aaron Bennett. Upon their return, Bennett’s firm Benetech begins oversight of city tech contract.
  • Jan. 29: Home Depot email notes Nagin called company CEO Frank Blake “stating he would help us with the community groups causing us problems.” Two days later, Nagin transfers 4.5 percent interest in Stone Age to BRT Investments, a firm that businessman Rodney Williams has yet to incorporate.
  • Feb. 1: Nagin meets with Home Depot officials at Stone Age’s offices; the next day, he meets with Fradella and Bennett.
  • Feb. 19: On Lundi Gras, Nagin meets with Home Solutions and Citigroup officials regarding “financing endeavors for the city and project initiatives.”
  • March 12: Nagin meets with investors in Home Solutions, pledges “support for Fradella’s business interests with the city.” Two months later, Home Solutions announces $19 million in new contracts, including $7 million deal to fix French Quarter sidewalks and $4 million in airport work.
  • March 15: Top Nagin aide Donna Addkison tells council members the mayor strongly opposes requiring Home Depot to sign a community benefits agreement.
  • April: Stone Age becomes exclusive granite installer for four Home Depot stores and gets its state contractor license. Crime-camera vendors file suit against the city.
  • May 3: Home Depot gets final permits to build its Central City store.
  • June 6: One of numerous meetings between Nagin and Fradella in 2007 and 2008, which the mayor tried to redact when WWL-TV requested a copy of his calendar.
  • Aug. 23: Nagin meets with Fradella and Michael Samuel, a developer interested in the Market Street Power Plant.

2008

  • Jan. 31: Rodney Williams of engineering firm Three Fold Consultants pays Nagin bribes totaling $60,000, according to Williams’ plea documents.
  • Feb. 21: In interview with WWL-TV, Nagin threatens to “cold-cock” anyone who “approaches me wrong.”
  • March 23: Times-Picayune exposes Stone Age’s Home Depot contract. Less than a month later, the deal is terminated.
  • June 6: Nagin awards contract to Three Fold for lighting work.
  • June 13: Williams makes a $2,250 payment to Stone Age. Four days later, Stone Age takes delivery of free truckload of granite from Fradella, according to Fradella’s plea. Six days after that, Fradella makes $50,000 payoff to Nagin through a third party, the government alleges. In exchange, prosecutors say, Nagin provides documents “to create the illusion of legitimacy.”
  • June 24: Nagin meets with Fradella and then-Entergy CEO Rod West about redevelopment of the Market Street Power Plant. He meets with Fradella again later in the day.
  • Aug. 6: Fradella provides Stone Age another free truckload of granite, according to prosecutors.

2009

  • Feb. 18: Nagin produces redacted calendar. The next day, Civil District Court Judge Rosemary Ledet says the Nagin administration violated public-records law.
  • March 19: In interview with FBI, Nagin denies receiving payments from city vendors.
  • May 8: Nagin awards four contracts to Three Fold. Nine more follow over the next three months.
  • July 21: Williams makes $10,000 cash payoff to Nagin’s sons, a day after Three Fold gets $1 million city contract, prosecutors allege.
  • Nov. 6: Grand jury indicts St. Pierre and Greg and Linda Meffert on corruption charges.

2010

  • May 3: Nagin exits City Hall.
  • Aug. 13: Nagin receives first of nine monthly $12,500 payments from Fradella for “consulting.” The last comes in March 2011, according to the indictment.
  • Nov. 1: Greg Meffert pleads guilty to conspiracy and filing a false tax return. Charges against his wife dropped.

2011

  • May 26: After 13-day trial, St. Pierre convicted on 53 counts and sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison.
  • Oct. 14: Bennett pleads guilty to bribery and conspiracy counts in an unrelated bribery case.

2012

  • June 27: Fradella pleads guilty to bribing Nagin as part of a plea deal that settles a separate securities-fraud case he is facing.
  • Dec. 5: Williams pleads guilty to bribing Nagin.

2013

  • Jan. 18: Nagin indicted on 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, filing false income tax returns and money laundering.
  • Feb. 20: Nagin pleads not guilty, makes no other public statements.
  • Oct. 24: Nagin wins three-month delay of trial days before jury selection was to start.