Massachusetts Mayor Charged With Extorting Marijuana Vendors

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The 27-year old mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday morning and charged with a slew of crimes, including extorting legal marijuana businesses for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, federal prosecutors said.

Jasiel F. Correia II, the mayor, was arrested along with his former chief of staff, Genoveva Andrade. Beyond the bribes, Correia has been accused of extorting a building owner for cash and a Rolex watch in exchange for activating the water supply to a commercial building, and demanding that his chief of staff give him half of her salary in return for appointing her and allowing her to keep her city job, according to prosecutors.

The charges include bribery, extortion conspiracy, extortion and aiding and abetting, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns, according to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Both Correia and Andrade appeared in federal court on Friday afternoon.

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