Another black mayor bites the dust! Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned Wednesday after he was arrested on public corruption charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, including $20,000 cash delivered in a briefcase to his mayor’s office last month. He also solicited $1 million more. #OhMy
Cannon was arrested Wednesday morning at a South Park apartment used by undercover FBI agents after he arrived to pick up another payment. #Bold
According to allegations contained in the charging document and the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, during the course of a separate criminal investigation, the FBI received reliable information that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official, and began an undercover investigation in or about August 2010. The complaint and affidavit allege that during the course of that investigation, 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. As alleged in the filed documents, Cannon solicited and accepted such bribes and things of value in exchange for the use of his official position as Charlotte Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and/or as a City Council Member.
The complaint and law enforcement affidavit allege that Cannon accepted the bribes from the undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions. On the last occasion, on February 21, 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted $20,000 in cash in the Mayor’s office. According to the complaint and the affidavit, between January 2013 and February 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted from the undercover agents over $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room, and use of a luxury apartment in exchange for the use of his official position. Source: Justice.gov
Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said Cannon was charged with theft and bribery. He was released on $25,000 bond pending indictment.
The arrest comes after a six-year FBI sting. It seems like he was on their radar for quite some time. If convicted, Patrick Cannon, 47, faces up to 50 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.