Emily Harris
Reuters
March 27, 2014

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon accused of accepting FBI bribes / Photo via http://charmeck.org
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon accused of accepting FBI bribes / Photo via http://charmeck.org

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.

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