Former Fall River Mayor convicted on multiple counts; plans to appeal verdict

BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) — Former Fall River mayor, Jasiel Correia, has been convicted by a jury of 21 of 24 federal charges against him.

Correia’s convictions include extortion, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns.

The former mayor sat stone-faced as judge Douglas Woodlock read the verdict, his family sitting in the courtroom behind him.

Correia will be sentenced on September 20th, at which point his defense team plans to appeal the verdict.

“There were no facts brought forward, no overwhelming evidence,” Correia told reporters outside of John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse Friday.

“Unfortunately, there were a couple of things that didn’t go our way that were technical today, and that’s our grounds for appeal,” Correia continued.

Correia will be required to wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet until his sentencing date.

The now 29-year-old was arrested twice while mayor of Fall River. First, accused of defrauding investors on his app called “Sno Owl,” then again for allegedly extorting bribes from prospective marijuana vendors in town, his former chief of staff, and a property owner in town.

After 3 days of deliberation, a jury found Correia guilty on all counts of fraud related to Sno Owl, as well as all counts of extorting marijuana vendors for over $400,000 dollars.

“He sold his office,” explained acting US Attorney, Nathaniel Mendell.

“He extorted bribes from people who wanted to open marijuana dispensaries in his city,” Mendell continued. “He sold his office and sold the city of Fall River. That is illegal.”

The three charges Correia was found not guilty of were two counts of extortion and one bribery charge, all related to dealings with a property owner and his former chief of staff, Gen Andrade.

“I’m proud of the system and the way it worked, even though we’re very disappointed in the verdict and do intend to file a vigorous appeal,” said Correia’s defense attorney Kevin Reddington after the verdict.

“That [appeal] comes well after the sentencing,” said Reddington. “We’ve got a lot of work between now and then.”

Correia continues to deny all charges against him. He is not allowed to travel before his sentencing date.

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