Ex-Charlotte Mayor Expected To Plead Guilty In Corruption Case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) -- The former mayor of Charlotte is expected to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge that could put him in prison for 20 years.

The charge basically means Patrick Cannon used his political position for his own personal gain.

NBC Charlotte's Rad Berky obtained the document filed Monday morning that sets the stage for a guilty plea.

Full Coverage:Patrick Cannon Corruption Charges

The bill of information was unsealed at the courthouse Monday morning. It was filed by federal prosecutors in lieu of a formal grand jury indictment.

Legal experts say it is usually filed in a case where a defendant is going to plead guilty. The bill of information lays out allegations that Cannon accepted bribes.

It specifically mentions a local businessman who had had a strip club that was in the path of the light rail extension project.

The bill also indicates Cannon is accused of taking some 70 in cash bribes-- much more than was earlier indicated by the FBI.

Our Rad Berky reports from the scene that Cannon is expected to enter a guilty plea on the charge of honest wire services fraud Tuesday morning in federal court.

The US Attorney's office has not responded to a request for a comment.


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