Title















Site Registration | Find a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map
The Voice of the Black Community
My business story

We’re in the business of telling the Queen City story with an African-American perspective.www.thecharlottepost.com

Posted by The Charlotte Post on Monday, March 7, 2016

Local

Cannon: 'I am deeply sorry'
Disgraced ex-mayor pleads guilty to corruption
 
Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014 2:27 pm
by The Associated Press

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to a public corruption charge, ending a remarkable rise for a man raised by a single mother in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.


Cannon's guilty plea was on a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. An FBI sting recorded him accepting thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets from undercover agents posing as businessmen, according to court documents.


"Yes, sir, your honor, I am," Cannon, 47, told U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer when asked whether he was guilty. Cannon also said he understood that he faced a potential sentence of 20 years.
Cayer accepted the guilty plea, and Cannon left the courthouse free on bond. A sentencing date will be set at a later hearing before a U.S. district court judge. Prosecutors said Cannon's continued release would help promote further cooperation with the ongoing FBI investigation.


"I am deeply sorry. I love Charlotte. It is the city of my birth," Cannon said in prepared remarks before a bank of TV cameras outside the federal courthouse. "Today I have acknowledged being guilty of accepting monies for constituent services, something that should never have been done while serving in elected office."


Cannon was arrested March 26. The Democrat resigned the same day, less than six months after taking office. The investigation began in August 2010 after a tip from a local undercover officer about public corruption. At the time, Cannon was a city councilman.


Cannon was first elected to the City Council in 1993 and became mayor in November, replacing Anthony Foxx, who was named transportation secretary by President Obama. Cannon also started his own company that manages 25,000 parking spaces, most of them in the city's central business district.


According to the federal criminal complaint, Cannon accepted more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment from FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city. Cannon also is accused of soliciting up to $1 million more in bribes from the undercover agents.



Comments

Leave a Comment


Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all
13

The Prom Event

The Prom Event is an amazing free event for any

22

TOBF Night of Dreams: presented by The Bechtler Museum

Our foundation has always believed that ideas,

23

Bantu Culture of Africa

This special Black History Month lecture will

Latest News

read all

Kirchman's big night sparks J.C. Smith in CIAA tournament opener

Sophomore guard scores career-high 29 points

Stay or go? With HB2, CIAA ponders future in North Carolina

Charlotte-based league could move tournament

Too short? N.C. A&T's Tarik Cohen undersized at 5-6, not overwhelmed

Running back earns invitation to NFL Combine