Report: Former Charlotte mayor to plead guilty to corruption charge

Patrick Cannon

Patrick Cannon

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

8 comments

  • Charles OBuckley

    If a Judge lets this guy off with a slap on the wrist, the Judge needs to be in a trial!
    This so called Mayor/crook/paid politician, needs to be made an example. To many politicians are getting away with crimes. They are not above thew law, even though they think they are.

  • bobsbob

    Notice the photo. All his supporters are corrupt too. And honestly, do we really expect anything better than this from Charoltte?

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