Ironically, Nagin entered office in 2002, pledging to root out cronyism. He was accused of as many as 21 charges, including those related to receiving kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. He was accused of taking cash and the bribes were handed out by men looking for city business ranging from software supplies to sidewalk repair after Hurricane Katrina.
The sentence was given by Judge Helen Berrigan of Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
The mayor was reprimanded by the court for letting the city down after Hurricane Katrina, while noting that he remained a loyal husband of 32 years and a devoted father to his three children.
Nagin was indicted in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office as mayor.
He is scheduled to report to prison on Sept. 8.