Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, a Democrat who took office this year, was arrested today on charges stemming from a federal corruption investigation.
Cannon is accused of accepting bribes from business developers who were actually working undercover for the FBI in exchange for help from Cannon in navigating the city of Charlotte’s permitting and zoning processes. Cannon is accused of taking $48,000 over the course of several bribes, and the FBI investigation preceded Cannon’s mayoral term when he was on Charlotte’s city council.
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News of Cannon’s arrest was made public this afternoon, and developments are likely to continue. A copy of the probable cause affidavit, in which the FBI details its case, can be read here.
Here’s the latest from Charlotte’s WCNC, who met up with Cannon outside the federal courthouse:
In total, Mayor Cannon accepted about $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and use of a luxury apartment, the FBI says.
NBC Charlotte reporter Rad Berky was the only one outside of the courthouse when Mayor Cannon walked out from the building. The mayor didn’t have much to say when asked about the charges.
“What happened? Can you tell us what happened?” — RB
“Well, nothing at this point that I can discuss. But I’ll certainly be back in contact with you.” — PC
“What would you tell the voters of the city today, sir?” — RB
“There’s nothing too much I can say at this point, but when I’m able to, I’ll touch base.” — PC
Cannon is free on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
Below is a summary of the accusations levied against Cannon, detailed in the FBI’s probable cause affidavit: