by Michael Lowrey
So reports the UPoR. The feds also released a few crumbs more of information about the investigation on Monday:
While it raises the amount of bribes Cannon is accused of taking to as much as $70,000, the so-called Bill of Information released Monday does not include charges against any new targets. But those are still possible.
“This investigation did not end with Patrick Cannon’s arrest,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins told the Observer on Monday.
According to the new document, Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting a series of bribes from a Charlotte businessman, identified as “Businessman #1,” whose adult entertainment club was in the path of the Blue Line Extension through north Charlotte.
In January 2013, prosecutors say Cannon pocketed $2,000 from the club’s owner to influence zoning, planning and transportation department to make it easier for the night spot to stay in business.
Twin Peeks, owned by Charlotte strip club mogul David “Slim” Baucom, fits the description of the property. Baucom’s club, adjoining the Blue Line Extension, was demolished in June 2013 but could be rebuilt on the remainder of the lot, according to Charlotte Area Transit System documents.
The question now is whether this is all there is or whether additional arrests are coming in the future. And we still don’t really know what got the FBI interested in Cannon in the first place or what their other investigation, which was referenced when Cannon was arrested back in March, is all about.