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Charlotte Mayor Cannon resigns after corruption arrest

Mark Washburn

Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to become mayor of North Carolina’s largest city, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI and accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor’s office.

Cannon, a 49-year-old Democrat who took office only four months ago, was scheduled to show up at a luxury apartment in SouthPark for yet another payoff from what he thought were businessmen needing his influence in city matters, the affidavit says.

Read more at the Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/03/26/4797153/mayor-cannon-resigns-after-corruption.html#.UzQvVK1dXPm


Mark Washburn
The Charlotte Observer