Could Tupelo be next on the list?

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who captured the drama of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with an “SOS” call to the nation, was indicted Friday on 21 federal corruption charges, including bribery, money laundering, fraud, and filing false tax returns.

Nagin allegedly defrauded the city through “a bribery and kickback scheme” in which he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services and free travel from businessmen seeking favorable treatment, the 25-page federal indictment says.

Tupelo needs anĀ  audit from top to bottom by the FBI. We have had many sideshows of alleged corruption from the airport to minority hiring. Many poor business dealings benefit only a few such as the grants they get. Free federal money ultimately corrupts good people. I think the local schemes are more sophisticated, maneuvered by attorneys and politicians to cover many bases. What happened to those lost files? What is the gap in the recording?

Dansette