Report: Former Charlotte mayor to plead guilty to corruption charge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty to a federal public corruption charge that carries up to a 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine, according to the Charlotte Observer.
According to the paper, Cannon is expected to plead to one count of honest services wire fraud, a charge commonly used in cases where public officials are accused of taking kickbacks or bribes.
It is one of three corruption charges leveled against the former mayor in March.
According to documents obtained by the paper, Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting a series of bribes from a businessman whose adult entertainment club was in the path of the Blue Line Extension in Charlotte.
In 2013, prosecutors allege Cannon accepted $2,000 from the club owner to influence zoning officials to make it easier for the night club to stay in business.
Read more: Charlotte Observer