Trial for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia won’t start till January 2021
BOSTON – The trial for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia that was slated to begin in September has been pushed back again till January 2021 at the earliest.
U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock said Thursday that given the COVID-19 pandemic, the court is busy trying to make the appropriate accommodations to conduct jury trials.
Judge Woodlock added that he doesn’t anticipate the trial starting until January 2021 at the earliest.
Correia faces 24 federal counts of alleged fraud connected to a smartphone app he developed.
It’s also alleged that Fall River’s former mayor took bribes and thousands of dollars from marijuana vendors in the city.
Correia’s former campaign manager and chief of staff, Gen Andrade, has also been charged with six counts of alleged extortion and bribery.