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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon in front of the federal courthouse after pleading guilty.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to public corruption charges. He admitted he accepted money in return for political influence, and then asked for forgiveness.


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Crime
5:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nine People Indicted In Kidnapping Of Wake Forest Man

Frank Janssen was kidnapped on April 5 and rescued by FBI agents in Atlanta at 11:55 p.m. on April 9.
Credit Courtesy of the Wake Forest Police Department

All eight suspects involved in the kidnapping of a man from his home near Raleigh and taken to Atlanta are now in custody after being indicted by a grand jury on federal kidnapping charges.  

FBI agents say the victim was held hostage for five days in hopes that his daughter would help an inmate that she prosecuted.

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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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Crime
6:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Kidnapping Victim From North Carolina Rescued By FBI In Atlanta

Frank Janssen was kidnapped on April 5 and rescued by FBI agents in Atlanta at 11:55 p.m. on April 9.
Credit Courtesy of the Wake Forest Police Department

A man who was kidnapped from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last week and taken to Atlanta, was rescued around midnight on Wednesday by FBI agents. 

The FBI says they believe he was held hostage for five days in hopes that his daughter would help an inmate that she prosecuted.


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Local News
4:39 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Real Estate Company Cuts Ties With Cannon's Wife

The real estate company where former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon’s wife Trenna works, has severed ties with her.

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Local News
9:55 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

FBI Investigations Continue After Cannon's Arrest

Patrick Cannon (then mayor-elect) speaks at the opening of Romare Bearden Park in November 2013.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

While the FBI’s sting operation ended in the arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon yesterday, the agency is still carrying out other, related investigations in Charlotte.

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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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Breaking
2:12 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Mayor Cannon Resigns After Arrest On Federal Bribery Charges

Mayor Patrick Cannon at his first press conference at Romare Bearden Park the day after he was elected.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday

Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned after the FBI arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges.

The federal criminal complaint says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption. The FBI began an undercover investigation posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte. 

Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss the latest developments and the charges Patrick Cannon is facing.

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Local News
4:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

FBI Offers $25K Reward To Help Find Missing Teen Erica Parsons

Erica Lynn Parsons was reported missing on July 30, 2013 by her stepbrother -- more than two years after she was last seen.
Credit Courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Office

The FBI says it is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that helps them find missing teen Erica Parsons.

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Crime
5:42 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Charlotte Investors Victim Of $44M Ponzi Scheme

A Statesville man is indicted on charges of operating a $44 million dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded over 200 people since 2007.

Daniel Williford faces five federal counts of money laundering following an FBI investigation.

Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Williford doesn't fit the image of someone who runs a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. He owns a middle-class four-bedroom home in Statesville, valued at about $200,000. He's a former airline pilot who went into the computer business for himself about 20 years ago.

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