Charlotte, NC mayor facing corruption charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Less than six months on the job, the mayor of Charlotte was arrested and accused today of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.

Mayor Patrick Cannon, a 47-year-old Democrat who rose from the city's public housing projects to become a successful businessman and politician, faces federal theft and bribery charges. Cannon was accused of soliciting and accepting more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes.

If convicted on all the charges, he faces 20 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.

Cannon, a longtime radio show host and the founder of E-Z parking, a parking management company, was elected mayor in November, replacing Anthony Foxx. Foxx was named Transportation Secretary by President Barack Obama.

Telephone messages left for Cannon were not immediately returned.

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.