By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
For more than twelve counts of wire fraud, theft, and conspiracy to extort while in office, the former mayor was sentenced to six-years in prison.
The Associated Press reports that Jasiel Correia, an ex-Mayor of Fall River, extorted thousands of dollars from pot businesses who wanted to do business there.
Correia was elected in 2016 at age 23 and was held up as a Democratic star but was convicted in May of funding a lavish lifestyle with money he stole from investors of his app “SnoOwl” designed to help businesses connect with consumers.
Correia is alleged to have spent nearly two-thirds the $400,000 that he received from investors on hotels and a Mercedes as well as student loans.
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prosecutors reported that Correia also took bribes of marijuana vendors to receive city approval for a license.
Voters kicked Correia out of office in November 2019, but not before he survived what AP called a “bizarre election in March 2019 during which he was recalled by voters and reelected the same night.”
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The federal prosecutor who asked for an 11-year sentence for Correia noted that greed and hubris is the only way to explain the former mayor’s actions since he has a supportive family and was making a good salary as mayor.
He got rich while doing wire fraud and other extortions.
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