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Ex-Charlotte Mayor Pleads Guilty In Corruption Case

Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has pleaded guilty in federal court to a public corruption charge, ending a remarkable rise for a man raised by a single mother in one of the city

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon has pleaded guilty in federal court to a public corruption charge, ending a remarkable rise for a man raised by a single mother in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Cannon pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The 47-year-old Cannon was arrested March 26. The Democrat resigned the same day, less than six months after taking office. An FBI sting had recorded him accepting thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets from undercover agents posing as businessmen.

The investigation began in August 2010 after a tip from a local undercover officer about public corruption. At the time, Cannon was a city councilman.

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Former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is expected to plead guilty in federal court Tuesday on a public corruption charge related to his March arrest.

Documents filed Monday at U.S. District Court in Charlotte say Cannon has agreed to enter a guilty plea to a single count of honest services wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Cannon is set to appear in federal court Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer.

Cannon was arrested March 26 and accused of accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city. The Democrat resigned the same day, less than six months after taking office.

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