Jose Lambiet

Miami developer caught in New Orleans scandal

Developer Michael Samuel, once a driving force in the gentrification of Miami's blighted north side, is believed to be an unnamed businessman in a 21-count corruption indictment against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Nagin, who rose to fame for chiding the federal administration of George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina flooded the Big Easy, is alleged to have accepted kickbacks from developers and contractors. The two-term mayor, 56, was charged with money laundering, fraud, bribery and filing false tax returns. He pleaded not guilty yesterday.

Now, media organizations in NOLA are reporting the Samuel, who built Midtown Miami, may have given $100,000 to Nagin for help on a condo project there.

Read the full story at Gossip Extra.