CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Back in May 2013, then-Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon changed his vote from a year earlier to approve funding for the street car project.

A few days after that vote, according to the FBI complaint note, UCE2 informed Cannon that his investors were very interested in looking at development opportunities on both the Gold and Blue lines, especially with regard to mixed use developments.

The complaint continues, detailing Cannon took the undercover agent on a tour of the proposed Gold Line route, telling the agent that other investors were interested in developing projects along the Gold Line- but he preferred Baseline (the UCE s company).

The agent said Cannon agreed to help secure investors for a $125-million development along the streetcar line by giving those foreign investors a false impression he had a long business relationship with the undercover agent.

According to the complaint, the agent paid for a flight and hotel stay in Las Vegas for Cannon and his wife. The agent also gave Cannon cash.

On Feb. 21, 2014, two agents posing as investors met with Cannon in his office. The complaint states the now-former Mayor was paid $20,000 for the streetcar project deal. He allegedly asked for 1%, or $1.25 million, payoff from the project he promised to help facilitate.

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