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Warrants reveal what feds took in Cannon investigation following his arrest


Federal agents seized several items leading up to the arrest of Former Mayor Patrick Cannon last month, according to search warrants in the case unsealed this week.

The warrants reveal that FBI agents went to Cannon's mayoral offices at the government center, his home in Ballantyne and the offices of his parking company in uptown Charlotte in search of records.

Cannon was arrested last month on federal corruption charges. He resigned as mayor just hours after his arrest.

The unsealed warrants, returned by federal agents on Wednesday, show that dozens of items were taken following Cannon's arrest.

Agents took a brown Fossil carrying case, bank statement, emails and business cards from Cannon's offices at the government center.

They took a laptop, handgun, magazine with rounds, cartridges, electronics, thousands in cash money and tax documents from Cannon's home, according to the search warrants.

The third location agents went to is Cannon's offices at E-Z Parking, the company he owns uptown. There agents took business records, copies of checks, invoices, computers, hard drives, tax returns, business cards and campaign finance records.

According to a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Cannon was charged with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right.

According to court documents, during the course of a separate criminal investigation, the FBI received reliable information that Cannon, a Democrat, was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official, and began an undercover investigation in or about August 2010.

Cannon was elected as Charlotte mayor in November 2013 and took office in December.

According to documents, Cannon allegedly solicited and accepted money bribes and things of value from undercover FBI agents, posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wishing to do business in Charlotte.

Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes and items of value in exchange for the use of his official position as Charlotte Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and/or as a City Council Member.

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