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Cannon reaches plea deal
Former mayor could face 20 years
 
Published Monday, June 2, 2014
by Herbert L. White

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has reached a plea agreement in a federal corruption case.


Cannon, who faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, resigned in March after the FBI accused him of accepting $48,000 in cash and gifts in exchange for supporting city zoning and business permits. The plea deal was entered on May 12 and unsealed Monday. Cannon is scheduled to make an appearance in federal court Tuesday at 10:45 a.m.


According to the FBI’s 42-page affidavit, Cannon allegedly accepted $20,000 in cash from an undercover agent and an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for himself and his wife in exchange for influence with city zoning. According to documents made available to the public this morning, federal authorities detailed a deal between Cannon and the owner of a strip club along the Lynx Blue Line to UNC Charlotte to pay Cannon $2,000 in 2013 to keep the club in its current location. Cannon, 47, was a City Council until December 2013 when he was sworn in as mayor.


The club wasn’t identified. Neither was its owner.


The FBI began an undercover investigation of allegations against Cannon in or about August 2010.

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