Opening arguments begin in federal corruption trial against Former Fall River Mayor

BOSTON (WLNE) – The federal corruption trial of former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will resume today at the U.S. District Court in Boston.

Opening arguments are set to begin today as Correia faces charges of extortion, bribery, and tax evasion.

Jury selection wrapped up last week.

A cast of marijuana vendors, businessmen, middle men, and former aides are slated to testify against the former mayor.

Including a handful who have accepted plea deal in return for their cooperation.

The prosecution has 35 witnesses lined up as they try to prove their case that Correia extorted $600,000 from different marijuana vendors in return of licenses of non-opposition so they could open in Fall River.

Correia also faces charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns which date back to 2013 when he sought $300,000 for his now defunct app “Sno Owl.” He is accused of using those funds on a new Mercedes Benz.

It’s unclear if the trial will begin immediately Monday morning or if the final stage of jury selections need to be completed first.

16 jurors and four alternates need to be selected and sworn in.

 

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