Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HOUSE OF CARDS: Charlotte's Mayor Patrick Cannon Arrested on Bribery Charges

Greed is Ugly. It's not looking good for Charlotte, North Carolina newly sworn in Mayor Patrick D. Cannon as it seems he was caught directly with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar.  Here is what reports are saying out of the city of Charlotte:

reports: - Columbia, South Carolina |
According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Patrick DeAngelo Cannon was charged with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.

According to court documents, during the course of a separate criminal investigation, the FBI received reliable information that Cannon, a Democrat, was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official, and began an undercover investigation in or about August 2010. 

Cannon was elected as Charlotte mayor in November 2013 and took office in December.
According to documents, 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.

Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes and items of value in exchange for the use of his official position as Charlotte Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and/or as a City Council Member.
"I am both saddened and angered because I have known Patrick and his family for over 30 years, but more than anything, my heart is broken for the City of Charlotte," said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. 

"This is not the city that I know, served and love. This alleged behavior is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated."

Cannon is accused of accepted the bribes from the undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions.
According to the affidavit, during on meeting Cannon took $12,500 from undercover FBI agent and "place the money near his ear and fanned the bills."

The next day, during a phone conversation with the undercover agent, Cannon said that he looked good "in an orange necktie, but not an orange suit," according to the affidavit.
On the last occasion, on February 21, Cannon allegedly accepted leather briefcase with $20,000 in cash, while in the Mayor's office.

According to affidavit, Cannon accepted 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.

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