Jasiel Correia is the Democrat mayor of Fall River. He has been embroiled in legal controversies for almost the entire time he has been in office. Now things are getting very serious.
Correia has been arrested on extortion charges, and we’re talking big money.
USA Today reports:
Massachusetts mayor arrested for extorting marijuana vendors for 6-figure bribes
Jasiel Correia II, the already embattled mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday on new federal extortion charges for allegedly operating a scheme to help marijuana vendors get approval to operate in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
Prosecutors say Correia agreed to sign non-opposition letters in return for significant six-figure payments from four marijuana vendors looking to open businesses in the city of nearly 90,000 about an hour’s drive south of Boston. The letters are required to obtain a license to operate a marijuana business in Massachusetts, where cannabis is legal.
Correia, 27, appeared in Boston federal court Friday afternoon and pleaded not guilty.
“I’m not guilty of these charges,” he told reporters afterward, standing next to his attorney outside the courthouse. “I’ve done nothing but good for the great city of Fall River, me and my staff, and my team. I’m going to continue to do great things for our citizens.”
The Democrat mayor also is accused of extorting $3,900 in cash and a $7,500-to-$12,000 “Batman” Rolex watch from a property owner in exchange for activating the water supply to his building. In addition, federal prosecutors say Correia demanded his chief of staff give him half of her $78,700 salary in return for appointing her and allowing her to keep her city job.
This isn’t even the first time he has been arrested.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 6, 2019
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) September 6, 2019
How long are the people of Fall River going to put up with this?
FALL RIVER – A TIMELINE
2014: Mayor Flanagan recalled after flashing gun at City Councilor Correia; DA Sutter elected
2015: Correia defeats Sutter
2017: Correia re-elected
2018: Correia arrested/indicted
2019: Correia recalled, re-elected, re-arrested https://t.co/tSjRXEqKAh
— Ted Nesi (@TedNesi) September 6, 2019
For more details on today's arrests of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia and former chief of staff Genoveva Andrade, along with the charges brought against Antonio Costa, Hildegar Camara, & David Hebert, click here: https://t.co/UWyCu87jO7 pic.twitter.com/3APuQxLko4
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) September 6, 2019
It sounds like he might suffer real consequences this time.