Corruption

Local News
2:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Today, Cannon Expected In Court To Plead Guilty

Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is scheduled to plead guilty this morning to a federal corruption charge. Documents unsealed Monday revealed some new information in the case against him, such as allegations of a bribe that a strip club owner paid Cannon for help with a zoning matter.

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Local News
9:35 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Airport Extends...And Cancels Controversial Taxi Contract

Credit Julie Rose

Amid an FBI investigation, a city ordered review and claims that corruption was at the heart of the original process, the Charlotte airport is re-opening its controversial taxi contract.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Airport Taxi Contract On FBI’s Radar

Credit Julie Rose

The FBI has expanded its investigation of corruption in Charlotte. Agents are now looking into allegations of a pay-to-play scheme involving Taxi companies and the airport.

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Local News
2:12 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Amid Allegations, Airport Extends Review Of Taxi Contract

Taxis line up at the airport curb
Credit Julie Rose

The head of Charlotte Douglas International Airport says he will take an extra 30 days to decide the fate of the airport’s taxi contract.  That contract is up for renewal. But allegations of corruption has led Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle to look at what legal options he has in seeking a new deal. He made the announcement last night, while airport staff briefed the city council on the process that lead to the contract in the first place.  It was a briefing with some holes.


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Local News
3:28 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Yes, Taxi Contract Under Review, But...

Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle
Credit Courtesy of Charlotte Aviation Department

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International are examining if they should continue to allow just three taxi companies sole rights to pick up passengers at the airport. This after renewed charges a pay-to-play scheme determined those slots. But the airport may have no choice but to extend the controversial contract.

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Local News
2:23 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Council Asks Carlee To Review Airport Taxi Deal

Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan addressing the Charlotte City Council on Monday night.
Credit Tom Bullock/WFAE News

Monday we brought you the story of an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Charlotte Douglas International Airport and taxi companies.  In 2011 the City Council slashed the number of companies that could pick-up at the airport from 12 to 3. The allegations were that only companies that paid $5,000 to join The Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, or HTA, were given the coveted slots. Those who did not were cut out of the most lucrative market in the city for cabs.

In our earlier report, Diamond Cab owner Obaid Khan said, "We feel like you shouldn’t have to pay to play. That’s exactly what took place at the airport."

Last night, Khan addressed the Charlotte City Council about another side of the controversy. 

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Local News
11:04 am
Mon April 28, 2014

'Now, Maybe They'll Listen.' Accusations Of Pay-To-Play Scheme

Former mayor Patrick Cannon, left, with Mohammad Jenatian in February at a gala of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance.
Charlotte Observer

There’s a phrase that now hovers over the Charlotte city government:

Pay-to-play. An arrangement where political influence is for sale. Mohamed Moustafa says he was offered the chance at pay-to-play.

"The way they did this process was 100 percent pay to play scheme."

What’s interesting about his quote is it’s from July of 2011 - 2.5 years before Patrick Cannon was arrested and resigned. That was Moustafa then. This is him now:

"What I said then in 2011, it is proved itself now in 2014. It is proved."

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Local News
6:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

City Of Charlotte Will Withhold Cannon Documents For Now

The City of Charlotte has announced it will withhold releasing vast amounts of public records about former mayor Patrick Cannon.

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WFAE Talks
5:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon

It was a busy week for WFAE's newsroom with the arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on federal corruption charges, and his decision to resign the day of his arrest.  Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the FBI's case and the many questions that remain.

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Local News
12:49 am
Thu March 27, 2014

How The FBI's Case Against Cannon Went Down

FBI agents loaded a CPU and boxes from Patrick Cannon's home in Ballantyne before driving off.
Credit Michael Tomsic

On Wednesday morning, Patrick Cannon was Mayor of Charlotte and a rising political figure in the state. Less than 24 hours later he’s out on bond, no longer in government, and facing a host of federal charges. The story of his fall is one of undercover cops, multi-million dollar investments, bugged apartments, and feminine hygiene products. WFAE’s Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock bring us this report.


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