Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Charlotte Democrat Mayor Patrick Cannon arrested by FBI on federal corruption charges after only 5 months on the job. CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Charlotte Mayor, Patrick DeAngelo Cannon, was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents for alleged violations of federal public corruption laws, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, charges Cannon, 47, of Charlotte, with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right, according to the news release from the US Attorney’s Office. John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement. 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. see http://www.wbtv.com/story/25080192/charlotte-mayor-patrick-cannon-arrested-by-fbi-on-federal-corruption-charges

Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2013, Democrat Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to successful careers in business and politics, won his “life goal” Tuesday night, defeating Republican Edwin Peacock to become Charlotte’s next mayor. Riding solid support in east, west and north Charlotte, Cannon won 53.02 percent to 46.78 percent. Countywide turnout was just under 18 percent. Moments after taking a concession call from Peacock around 10 p.m., Cannon stepped on stage in front of jubilant supporters at the Sheraton Hotel, where he was introduced by the city’s first African American mayor, Democrat Harvey Gantt.

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com