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NEW ORLEANS -- A contractor who pleaded guilty in December to bribing former Mayor Ray Nagin had his sentencing pushed back to Jan. 29 as he prepares to testify against Nagin at trial.

Rodney Williams, former head of city vendor Three Fold Consultants, already had his sentencing pushed back from March to September so he could help prosecutors. But now that the U.S. Attorney's Office has begun to prepare its witnesses to testify at a trial now scheduled to begin Oct. 7, it became necessary to move Williams' punishment date yet again.

Other witnesses lined up against Nagin -- such as vendors Frank Fradella and Aaron Bennett, as well as former top aide Greg Meffert -- have had their sentencing hearings pushed back multiple times as the government's case against Nagin unfolded.

But Williams appears to be the feds' most important witness because he allegedly made quid-pro-quo payments to Nagin's family countertop business, Stone Age LLC, in direct exchange for city work. Williams pleaded guilty to paying more than $72,000 to Nagin, including a $10,000 cash payment to close members of his family, known to be his sons Jeremy and Jarin, the mayor's partners in Stone Age.

Also Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan set a status conference for the Nagin case on Thursday, an opportunity for the attorneys to meet with the judge and go over where the process stands just six weeks before trial.

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