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Charlotte Mayor's Bizarre FBI Indictment Says He Took Bribe To Make Feminine Hygiene Product

Patrick Cannon allegedly took over $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. Details on what exactly the mysterious feminine hygiene product did remain unknown.

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Democratic Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday and accused of taking bribes totaling more than $48,000 from FBI agents who posed as real estate developers doing business in Charlotte.

Cannon stands accused of accepting a bribe of $12,500 dollars from an undercover FBI agent, which Cannon wanted to use to develop a feminine hygiene product called "Hers." Cannon agreed to accept the "zero percent return-on-investment" money for "Hers" in exchange for offering the FBI agent assistance with zoning and obtaining a permit to open up a nightclub.

Cannon and the FBI agent had dinner together in December of 2012. At the dinner Cannon asked the FBI agent to invest in "Hers." The agent said he would do so in return for help with zoning and getting a nightclub permit, according to the FBI.

Cannon then provided the undercover FBI agent with a PowerPoint presentation and spreadsheets about investing in "Hers" in early January. The cost of a "Hers" container was $12,500 according to the FBI.

According to the indictment, however, Cannon never returned the money or discussed "Hers" again after offering to return it.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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