Ex-Charlotte mayor to plead guilty in corruption case
Posted June 2, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 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.