Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleads guilty, admits to taking bribes

Patrick Cannon

Patrick Cannon

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nine weeks after his arrest, former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty on Tuesday and admitted he took bribes, according to WSOC.

Cannon pleaded guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud, which means he admits to using his public office for illegal personal gain.

The city of Charlotte released the following statement Monday: “Today we learned about the filing of the Bill of Information by the U.S. Attorney in the Patrick Cannon case.  It is our hope that this filing will advance the resolution of the case at the earliest possible date.  The City continues to cooperate fully with federal investigators in order to deal appropriately with any allegations of wrongdoing.  Until the federal investigation is complete, it is inappropriate for City personnel to comment on any of the specifics of the case.”

Prosecutors said Cannon took a total of $70,000 in bribes. The expected plea deal carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Read more: WSOC