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FBI Agents and Prosecutors Outline Cannon's Bribes

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An hour after Former Mayor Patrick Cannon pled guilty to wire fraud, US Attorneys and FBI agents spoke out about the 4 year investigation for the 1st time and what led to Cannon’s arrest.

Cannon accepted at least $50,000 in cash, a hotel room and airfare.

He also abused his position as mayor in exchange for bribes.

The whole house of cards came crashing down, the day the mayor was arrested.

"March 26, 2014 was a shocking day for Charlotte. A city that prided itself in public service learned that its mayor wasn't honest and sold his office for personal gain,” said US Attorney Anne Tompkins.

Anne Tompkins with the US Attorney’s Office outlined 7 specific examples where Cannon engaged in bribery.

"In common languages it means you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours,” said Cannon.

A lot of those bribes happened within the past year.

"In January 2013, Cannon accepted $2,000 in exchange to have a council member intervene with the Blue Line and how that would impact the businessman's club,” said Tompkins

Prosecutors went point by point on Tuesday sketching out a sordid laundry list of each payoff – and the promise it bought.

"Mr. Cannon used the mayor's office as a sales pitch to close a $25M with an undercover agent and recent $20,000 in cash,” said Tompkins.

"This case serves as an example for abusing your official position. If you hold public office at any level, you are held at a higher level and you have to put their interest above their own,” said FBI agent John Strong.

"Mr Cannon's actions damaged Charlotte's reputation that a city does its business in an honest way,” said Tompkins.

FBI agents and prosecutors wouldn’t answer specific questions because this is still an ongoing investigation.

They are still following leads to see if the corruption stopped at Cannon’s desk or extended beyond his office.

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