Patrick Cannon expected to plead guilty to corruption
By Stephanie Glover, Web Producer/Digital Journalist - email
My Fox Carolinas has obtained the bill of information detailing the acts which led to ex-Mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says Cannon took home $2,000 from the owner of an adult entertainment club impacted by the Blue Line LYNX extension. The proposed project required the city to obtain land where the club was located. According to the court-released documents, Cannon attempted to use his power of influence to have the club moved away from the proposed Blue Line LYNX extension.
This is just one of three corruption charges detailed in the court documents. Cannon is also accused of accepting around $50,000 in bribes in exchange for the use of his office in real estate deals offered by an undercover FBI agent. In December 2013, Cannon called the City Manager and provided the contact information for the Planning Director on behalf of someone he had taken a bribe from. He advised the person listed in the court documents as ‘UCE2’ to tell the Planning Director ‘that he had previously had a conversation with Cannon and the City Manager.’
Cannon is free on a $25,000 unsecured bond. He is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday morning. The federal public corruption charge he faces carries up to a 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.