• U.S. Attorney: Cannon federal corruption investigation not over

    By: Trish Williford


    CHARLOTTE - U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins made it clear Tuesday that the federal corruption investigation into former mayor Patrick Cannon is not over.

    Tompkins said her office plans to dig deeper to determine if anyone other than Cannon participated in a bribery scheme that rocked the Charlotte community.

    "What I can tell you is that we will continue to follow all leads and we will follow them wherever they take us," said Tompkins.

    Tompkins did not reveal who could be next to face charges, but Tuesday, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes sent a letter to The Charlotte Observer making clear his office never gave anyone special treatment.

    A federal document pointed to Barnes as the city councilman who Cannon was going to persuade to keep a strip club open for an owner who gave Cannon $200,000.

    In the letter, Barnes said he never pressured or persuaded staff to do anything special for Twin Peaks or any other business.

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