Name That Party: Charlotte Mayor of Unidentified Party Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm
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Weird how this guy is the Mayor of Charlotte, NC, yet none of the local media know what party he belongs to.

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on federal public corruption laws, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

Cannon was charged with theft and bribery after an FBI sting operation, said Anne Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

FBI agents – working on a tip that Cannon, 47, was potentially involved in illegal activities – started an investigation in August 2010.

Cannon solicited and accepted money bribes and things of value from undercover FBI agents, who were posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wishing to do business in Charlotte, authorities said.

Must just be an oversight. Let’s check with a local TV affiliate.

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has been arrested for alleged violations of federal public corruption laws.

A news release from the Department of Justice says Cannon has been charged with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.

The FBI says they 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 August 2010.

Weird, still no mention. Let’s try here.

According to the complaint and the affidavit, between January 2013 and February 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted from the undercover agents 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.

Cannon had his initial appearance Tuesday and has been released on bond, pending indictment, according to the release.

The charge of theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; the charge of honest services wire fraud carries a statutory maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine; and the charge of extortion under color of official right carries a statutory maximum sentence of not more than 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Still nothing. OK, here’s a breaking story from the NBC affiliate.

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.

Hmm. Maybe he’s an independent. Let’s see if we can find something doing a search. Oh, here’s a story from when he was elected.

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.

First word of the story when he was elected, not a mention anywhere when he’s arrested. What media bias?

 

4 Responses to “Name That Party: Charlotte Mayor of Unidentified Party Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges”

  1. Dan on 26/26/14 at 2:39 pm

    For what it’s worth, the Charlotte Observer story has now been updated to say that he’s a Democrat in the first sentence. So good for them I suppose.

  2. sound awake on 26/26/14 at 3:39 pm

    they only cover it enough so that nobody can accuse them of not covering it

    its just a local crime story anyway…

  3. Sympathectomy on 26/26/14 at 7:07 pm

    Career enhancer for a commiecrat POS. He now has street cred with the free sh1t army.