Prosecution to Appeal 10 Counts That Were Thrown Out in Correia Case

Correia Trial

Boston, MA (WLNE) – Prosecutors in the case against former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia are appealing a court decision to toss out 10 counts that Correia had been convicted on.

In May 2021, a jury convicted Correia on 21 fraud and corruption charges, which included extortion, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

During sentencing in September, a judge tossed out 10 of the counts. The judge said prosecutors had not presented enough evidence for conviction on those counts. Four of the tossed counts were for tax fraud and six of the tossed counts were for wire fraud.

For the remaining 11 charges that Correia was convicted on, a judge sentenced him to six years in prison. He is scheduled to report to prison by 2 p.m. on December 3. Correia was also ordered to repay victims.

Correia’s attorneys have filed an appeal of those 11 remaining charges. They also filed a request for Correia to be allowed to stay out of prison pending the outcome of the appeal. A judge has not ruled on that request.

Correia 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.

Read the unsealed indictment detailing the case here: Unsealed Indictment Correia

Read the judgement here: Correia judgment document

Watch previous ABC6 coverage of the case here:

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