NEW ORLEANS – Aaron Bennett, who pleaded guilty in October 2011 to bribing former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle, has had his sentencing delayed. Bennett is believed to be helping federal prosecutors build a case against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
Bennett’s sentencing was delayed until March 6, 2013 before U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr.
Bennett, a former city contractor has acknowledged through his attorney he is assisting federal investigations by offering information related to Nagin.
Bennett claims to have introduced Nagin to Frank Fradella, a Covington businessman, during a trip in 2007. Fradella also pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to bribe a public official -- known to be Nagin. Fradella is also believed to be cooperating with federal investigators.
Bennett’s company, Benetech, got a no-bid arrangement from the Nagin administration in 2007 to pay Mark St. Pierre for technology work in City Hall. St. Pierre is the vendor who paid for Nagin’s family vacations to Hawaii and Jamaica and he is serving a 17 year prison term for payoffs to two Nagin technology chiefs.