Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crooked mayor Pat Cannon to be sentenced

Crooked Pat
The fat cat former mayor of Charlotte who prosecutors say accepted nearly $50,000 in bribes is to be sentenced in his federal corruption case.
Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty in June to one count of honest wire services fraud in June in the federal corruption case that stunned North Carolina's largest city, after cutting a deal.
Prosecutors said he accepted the money in January 2013 when he was a city councilman and February 2014, just three months after he was elected mayor.
FBI agents posing as real estate developers recorded him accepting more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets and a hotel room, in return for expediting permitting and zoning approvals.

He was also accused of soliciting up to $1 million in additional bribes.
In exchange for his guilty plea prosecutors promised not to ask for a prison sentence of more than five years, although U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney is not bound by the plea agreement.  

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