Patrick Cannon

Local News
2:31 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Today, Cannon Expected In Court To Plead Guilty

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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
1:04 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Cannon Reaches Deal With Feds

Nov. 2013 file photo.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Update: 5:45 p.m.

The following is a transcript of Lisa's Miller's two-way with Mark Rumsey on developments in the Patrick Cannon corruption case:

Mark Rumsey: Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has agreed to plead guilty to one public corruption charge. He’s scheduled to appear in court tomorrow morning.  The Department of Justice says Cannon accepted at least $50,000 in bribes in exchange for political help with real estate deals.  WFAE's Lisa Miller joins me now to discuss how much prison time the former mayor is facing, and new documents that shed more light on the investigation.

Lisa, how long will Cannon spend in prison under the terms of this plea agreement? 

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Charlotte Observer
11:29 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Cannon To Plead Guilty To Corruption Charge

Cannon in Nov. 2013. File photo.
Credit Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty to a federal public corruption charge that carries up to a 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

Cannon is expected to plead to one count of honest services wire fraud, an umbrella charge commonly used in cases where public officials take kickbacks or bribes.

The charge basically means the 48-year-old Democrat used his mayoral and city council posts for illegal gain, depriving city residents of his “honest services” as their elected representative.

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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

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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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WFAE Talks
4:23 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

WFAE Talks Airport Taxi Contracts and Pay-To-Play Allegations

WFAE Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock joins Greg and Lisa this week to discuss his investigation of what some taxi company owners say was a bribery scheme in awarding lucrative airport contracts.


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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Politics
5:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

James Mitchell Withdraws From 12th Congressional District Race

James Mitchell and supporters held yard signs at a special city council meeting on April 7 announcing the selection of Dan Clodfelter as the new mayor of Charlotte following Patrick Cannon's resignation. He was being considered for the position. He announced he is no longer running for congress on April 14.
Credit Tom Bullock

 Less than two months after officially filing to run for Congress, former Charlotte city councilman James "Smuggie" Mitchell says he is no longer a candidate for the 12th congressional district seat.

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