|Charlotte Mayor Patrick D. Cannon Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, is charged with theft and bribery in connection with programs receiving federal funds, wire fraud, and extortion. (Jeff Siner / MCT)|
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – The mayor of North Carolina’s largest city resigned Wednesday after prosecutors said he had been arrested on federal public corruption charges that include accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, said his resignation was effective immediately in a letter he sent to City Manager Ron Carlee and City Attorney Bob Hagemann.
“These charges will create too much of a distraction for the business of the city to go forward smoothly and without interruption,” he wrote.