Democrat Mayor In Mass. Arrested On Extortion And Bribery Charges

Democrat Mayor In Mass. Arrested On Extortion And Bribery Charges
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Jasiel Correia, the Democrat mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, has been arrested by federal agents on charges of Extortion and Bribery. 

Correia was arrested Friday on 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.

The FBI issued a brief statement:

The Indictment against the Mayor is lengthy (HERE) and includes these snippets:

 

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    Doug Brown · 2 months ago
    Living in a state with legalized pot is different. Every corner has a cute mom and pot cannibis shop, the pot is inexpensive, and the shop keepers very friendly. In the 1960's, we couldn't get pot with the THC content as high what's available today. I asked a marijuana clerk what the highest THC content available was and he said it's 29%. That's equivalent to masculine, or a good grade hashish, and in the parlance of yesteryear was called trip-weed. Meaning potent.
    Anyway, this Massachusetts politician apparently thought he could cash in, and it looks like he got busted. There are enough legal ways to make big on this new marijuana bonanza without having to break laws. Hope he is convicted.
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    Paul Lambert · 2 months ago
    When so many other politicians who are much further up the totem pole are committing crimes and skating so lightly, is it any surprise that we are going to see this kind of corruption become more and more widespread?

    These are the people who are supposed to be setting the example. When integrity and a sense for following the rules are so absent from such institutions like the IRS and FBI, how can the regular rank and file American really be expected to abide by the law?