Patrick Cannon

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Tuesday morning Patrick Cannon will be sentenced in federal court. The former Charlotte mayor admitted earlier this year to taking more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon could be sentenced on a public corruption charge as early as next week, according to new documents in his case.

Federal probation officials filed their final presentencing report Tuesday afternoon. That document remains sealed, but its title reveals that U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney will sentence the longtime Democratic officeholder “on or after” next Wednesday.

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon And His Guilty Plea

Jun 6, 2014

This week’s podcast focuses on Patrick Cannon’s guilty plea and the observations of reporters Ben Bradford and Tasnim Shamma in covering the event. Plus, our new “MeghaMeter” segment scrutinizes a press release from Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate campaign.

Cannon Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Jun 3, 2014
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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.


Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

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.

Cannon Reaches Deal With Feds

Jun 2, 2014
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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? 

Cannon To Plead Guilty To Corruption Charge

Jun 2, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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.


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