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Charlotte Mayor arrested by FBI

Patrick Cannon (second from left) was arrested by the FBI for "theft and bribery."
Patrick Cannon (second from left) was arrested by the FBI for "theft and bribery."
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The U.S. Department of Justice arrested Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on March 26, 2014, charging him with federal public corruption.

Cannon, who has only been in office for 4 months, is alleged to have committed “theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.”

It was revealed today that Cannon, 47, has been under surveillance since 2010. He is charged with accepting 5 bribes, the last one on February 21 for $20,000, while he was in office as Charlotte’s newly elected mayor.

According to the press release issued by U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins of the Western division of the U.S. Department of Justice, “Cannon allegedly solicited and accepted money bribes and things of value from undercover FBI agents, posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wishing to do business in Charlotte.“

Cannon was released on bond and awaits his indictment hearing. A conviction could mean 20 years jail time and $1,000,000 in fines.