Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges after a four-year investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte announced.
Cannon was charged with theft and bribery after an FBI sting
operation, said Anne Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of
North Carolina. He was released on an undisclosed bond, pending
Authorities said Cannon took bribes from undercover FBI agents five
times – the most recent on Feb. 21 when he took $20,000 in cash in the
mayor’s office – and a trip to Las Vegas.
Tompkins said Cannon also accepted from the undercover agents
more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and use of a
luxury apartment in exchange for “the use of his official position,”
Tompkins said. (Much more on this story here)