Former Charlotte mayor to plead guilty to corruption charge
Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud on Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reports. The plea is an admission of the former mayor's use of public office for personal gains.
Cannon resigned following his FBI arrest on March 26. Documents released today show he is charged with accepting up to $70,000 in bribes; he was originally accused of accepting $48,500. (NCtrend, May 2014)
The document accuses Cannon, 48, of soliciting and accepting bribes from the owner of an adult entertainment club which was located along the path of the Blue LIne light-rail extension in north Charlotte.
That man is believed to be David "Slim" Baucom, owner of MAL Entertainment, one of the largest strip club operations in the Southeast, which included the now-demolished Twin Peeks night club on N. Tryon St. Cannon is accused of accepting a $2,000 payment from the businessman to influence city officials to allow the club to continue to operate on the property.
Cannon faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.