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Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead guilty in corruption case

Posted June 2, 2014

Patrick Cannon

— Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is working on a plea deal with federal prosecutors in his corruption case, according to federal court documents.

Court records show that a plea agreement in the case was filed on May 12 but remains under seal. A bill of information, which prosecutors often file in lieu of getting a grand jury indictment when plea negotiations are underway, also was filed May 12 and was unsealed Monday.

Cannon, 47, is scheduled to appear Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer in Charlotte federal court.

The information charges Cannon with one count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The document alleges that Cannon accepted $2,000 from the owner of an adult club in Charlotte whose business was in the corridor of a proposed extension of the city's light rail system. Cannon was to work with city zoning officials and the City Council so that the club could move to a new location, according to the information.

It also reiterates that allegations contained in Cannon's March indictment that he accepted more than $48,000 cash, as well as the use of an apartment and a trip to Las Vegas, between January 2013 and February 2014 from two undercover FBI agents, who posed as businessmen wanting Cannon to use his position to influence zoning decisions.

Cannon, a radio host and the owner of a parking management company, has served on the Charlotte City Council since 1993, serving as mayor pro tem since 2010. The Democrat was elected mayor last November but resigned in March after he was indicted.

He hasn't done his weekly radio show since his arrest and resignation, and his name has been removed as chief executive officer on the website of E-Z Parking, the company he helped start nearly 30 years ago, according to The Charlotte Observer.

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  • landonsgrampa Jun 3, 2014

    This kind of behavior is nothing more than typical. For every 1 honest politician, there are 1000 dishonest ones. And if you try to vote out that dishonest one, the replacement finds new and improved ways to cheat, lie and steal.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jun 3, 2014

    Liberal crook.

  • Grand Union Jun 3, 2014

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    How was he any less qualified than McCrory was for the same job? I will admit he was a lot less competent at covering his tracks but perhaps with Duke Energy behind him McCrory had no need of funds from other sources......

  • lewiskr45 Jun 2, 2014

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    To avoid a trial? Even prosecutors would rather agree to a plea deal, end it sooner and move on than go to trial. Also saves a lot of money for both sides.

  • A person Jun 2, 2014

    Give him the maximum, we are sick of not being able to believe in our government any more

  • Edward Levy Jun 2, 2014

    If they got the goods on him, why the plea deal. I do not care what party he belongs to he was in a position of public trust. If guilty, which it appears to ber, let him do the 20, it MAY show others in public office when you do the crime-you do the time NO PLEA DEAL!

  • ohbumr Jun 2, 2014

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    i'm sure he will, he'll pay back the money and be back in some sort of public office in a few years.

  • meeper Jun 2, 2014

    Why bother with even prosecuting him? He'll get a sweetheart deal and a slap on the wrist. Then the public will forget and it'll be business as usual.
    Politicians will always be corrupt unless they are given lengthy prison sentences.

  • mike275132 Jun 2, 2014

    "Cannon, a radio host and the owner of a parking management company, has served on the Charlotte City Council since 1993, serving as mayor pro tem since 2010. The Democrat was elected mayor last November but resigned in March after he was indicted."

    Orly the best Democrats get elected, don't they ?

  • Greg Boop Jun 2, 2014

    Sounds like he is trying to get off with a slap on the wrist.