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?

4 Responses to “Could Tupelo be next on the list?”

  1. fwiw says:

    Block for block and brick for brick Tupelo may be more corrupt than Chicago, Lisa. But everyone who has first hand knowledge of the graft remains silent because they don’t want to be the loser in the situation. Whistle blowers have no where to turn. The Daily Urinal will always jump to support and defend the Godfathers. Maybe the self imposed term limits are a defensive mood to limit legal liability and leaders get what they can and get out to remain below the threshold of federal prosecution.

    But WE keep losing and THEY keep winning.

  2. Rocket#1 says:

    Great post fwiw. It describes perfectly the environment of the All American politically corrupt City. However, it is becoming apparent that those in control and power can no longer use rhetoric and opinion of pawns and big name political allies to maintain the status quo of their power. The power of truth and facts are beginning to reveal and dissolve the falsehood and deception of City Leadership, their programs and their goals. Tuesday’s City Council will be a telltale sign whether the Council members believe the truth of numbers or whether they are swayed once again by the pressures of opinions and misinformation from the appointed leadership groups like the Airport Authority. Sooner or later, the State’s Attorney General, the State’s Auditor or another government organization will have enough factual information to transform the leadership values of Tupelo.

  3. fwiw says:

    I had hoped that Anderson’s suit would force the TAA to bring out the books and when opened the Daily Urinal might be forced to print the details significant to the suit. At some point the Attorney General would be forced to step in regardless of political repercussions.

    • jnewman says:

      At least there are four of us that agree that there are changes to be made. So far Pitts is unaposed. My son in law in Oxford emailed me last week and suggested that I move to Oxford because Pitts, if elected, will bring about the demise of what is left of Tupelo and I agree. It is sad but when so much power is concentrated in so few individuals or institutions, read CDF, Create, DJ, what should you expect except they wish to protect themselves from loosing power and being investigagted for their poor performance. “Could Tupelo be next?” is not only the question but when and the answer should be as soon as possible.

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