Fall River mayor arrested on pot extortion charges – Boston Herald

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was arrested in his home this morning on charges of allegedly extorting marijuana vendors for cash, according to authorities.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the arrest via twitter early Friday and a video of his arrest has surfaced from the Fall River Herald News. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m.

The FBI Boston’s account tweeted that Correia is accused of conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies. Correia’s former chief of staff, Genoveva Andrade, was also arrested this morning on extortion and bribery charges. She was taken into custody in Boston.

The Massachusetts mayor, previously charged with stealing investor funds intended for his app company, is headed for trial in February. Correia’s Feb. 24 trial date was set in federal court in June. The 27-year-old Correia had announced days earlier he is seeking a third term.

Authorities say Correia spent more than $200,000 from investors and then filed fraudulent tax returns to cover the theft. Prosecutors say he used investor funds as his “personal ATM” to enjoy a lavish lifestyle and pay student loan debt.

Correia pleaded not guilty to wire and tax fraud charges last October and has maintained his innocence.

Defense attorney Kevin Reddington called his client “the robo-mayor” when asked how he’d handle running for office while preparing for trial.

Now he faces a whole new case.



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