The Charlotte Observer online reports that Charlotte, NC, Mayor Patrick Cannon (shown left) has resigned after being arrested on Wednesday by the FBI and charged with corruption. Cannon was accused of taking over $40,000 in bribes from undercover agents posing as big developers who wanted to do business with the City.
The criminal complaint and affidavit in support of the complaint sworn by FBI Special Agent Eric J. Davis alleges that Cannon committed violations of the Hobbs Act (Extortion/Color of Official Right), Theft or Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, and Honest Services Wire Fraud.
Here is the press release issued March 26, 2014, by Anne M. Tompkins, US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The press release nicely summarizes the allegations against former mayor Cannon.
ADDENDUM on 03-28-2014 at 7:02 AM: People sometimes ask why law enforcement doesn’t act more quickly on corruption cases against public officials. In Cannon’s case, people asked why the FBI could not have arrested him before he was elected and sworn in as Charlotte’s mayor just a few months ago. Here is a partial answer.