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Scandals in Charlotte city hall and the California state house

March 28, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 28, 2014

Wednesday is a day that many political aficionados in Charlotte, N.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area will long remember.

Patrick Cannon, a longtime city council member, radio host and parking-company business executive, had been Charlotte’s mayor for less than six months when he was arrested Wednesday. Federal prosecutors charged the 47-year-old Democrat with accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents who purportedly wanted help developing real estate projects in North Carolina’s largest city.

The illicit gifts included a hefty amount of cash as well as the use of a luxury apartment and a trip to Las Vegas. The politician, who was the target of a three-year-long sting operation, allegedly sought as much as $1 million in additional money and favors.

Cannon could face as much as 50 years of prison time and $1 million in fines if convicted on all counts. He resigned the mayoralty hours after being arrested.

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