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Former wunderkind Massachusetts mayor gets six years in prison By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Jasiel Korreia is the ex-mayor for Fall River, Massachusetts. He enters the Boston federal courthouse on September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Nate Raymond

By Nate Raymond

BOSTON (Reuters) – A former Massachusetts mayor first elected at age 23 was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison after being convicted in May of defrauding investors in a smartphone app company and extorting money from local marijuana businesses.

Jasiel Correia was the former mayor of Fall River. Now 29, he said nothing when Douglas Woodlock from the United States ordered that he be imprisoned for “reprehensible corruption” which is “incomprehensibly primitive.”

William Fick Correia’s attorney argued his client was not able to recognize the truth and asked Woodlock to limit his sentence to three years. He said that Correia has a history which “hints at some possibility.”

Zach Hafer, assistant U.S. Attorney, claimed Correia’s old-school corruption warranted an 11.-year term. Hafer said that Correia continued violating the law even after he learned that it was being investigated.

Hafer stated, “That’s the highest level of chutzpah.”

Correia became the youngest Fall River mayor in 2015. The case of Correia was featured on “Run This City,” which is a documentary produced by Mark Wahlberg and broadcast via Quibi.

Prosecutors claimed that Correia, who was just a recent graduate of Providence College, lured investors into investing $363 690 in SnoOwl. This company develops an app to help local consumers and businesses connect with each other.

Prosecutors claim Correia stole over $231,000 in order to finance his campaign. He also enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, including a Mercedes-Benz, luxury jewelry, trips to casinos, and strip club memberships.

Prosecutors claim that Correia stole more than $231,000 to fund his campaign and a lavish lifestyle which included a luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicle, jewelry, casino trips and strip clubs.

A jury found Correia guilty on 21 charges including wire fraud, filing false tax returns and extortion. This week, the judge tossed out 8 of Correia’s tax and wire fraud convictions. He found that the prosecution failed to prove them.

Correia could appeal his convictions on the 13 remaining counts.

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