Federal affidavit: How the case against Cannon unfolded
03/26/2014 6:05 PM
03/26/2014 6:07 PM
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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