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Federal affidavit: How the case against Cannon unfolded

This timeline, based on a federal affidavit, outlines the FBI’s case against Mayor Patrick Cannon, who resigned Wednesday.

1993: Patrick Cannon elected to City Council, representing District 3.

2001: Cannon elected to a council at-large seat. Serves as mayor pro tem from 2001 until 2005 and from 2010 to 2013.

August 2010: FBI gets tip about Cannon from local undercover law officer.

Nov. 18, 2010: An undercover agent, posing as a business executive who wanted to open a nightclub in Charlotte, is introduced to Cannon at a breakfast meeting.

2011: Cannon becomes primary focus of investigation.

2012: FBI covertly leases undercover luxury apartment in SouthPark area.

Dec. 12, 2012: Undercover agent agrees to pay Cannon $12,500 for investment in a feminine hygiene product in exchange for Cannon’s assistance with zoning and permitting for the agent’s proposed “nightclub/bar.”

Jan. 17, 2013: Cannon and undercover agent meet at luxury apartment. Agent provides Cannon with $12,500 in cash.

Jan. 18, 2013: Cannon calls undercover agent and offers to return the money if the payment was intended to pay for Cannon’s city influence. (The money was never returned.)

Jan. 29, 2013: Cannon calls a city official on behalf of undercover agent and asks about the zoning for a piece of property the agent was viewing.

March 20, 2013: Cannon requests a key to undercover agent’s luxury apartment.

March 21, 2013: Cannon formally announces his candidacy for mayor.

July 2013: Cannon travels to Las Vegas with a second undercover agent, who poses as a real estate developer. He tells the developer’s prospective investors he would provide special treatment for the developer’s business. Agent pays Cannon $6,000.

July 19, 2013: Second undercover agent pays Cannon additional $10,000 in cash for securing an investment from a foreign businessman.

Sept. 10, 2013: Cannon wins primary, becomes Democratic candidate for mayor.

Sept. 13, 2013: Cannon meets with undercover agent to discuss development opportunities along the CATS Gold and Blue lines.

Nov. 5, 2013: Cannon elected Charlotte mayor.

Dec. 11, 2013: An undercover agent provides Cannon with a key to the apartment. After receiving access to the apartment, Cannon provides agent with contact information for a city department head, saying the official would pay “special attention” to him.

Feb. 21, 2014: During meeting with undercover agent at mayor’s office, Cannon allegedly solicits 1 percent payment on a $125 million deal. Agent gives Cannon $20,000 in cash.

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