Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has been sentenced to six years in prison by a federal judge.

After his six-year sentence, Correia will have three years of supervised release. Correia will be allowed to self-report to prison sometime in December.

Correia was convicted of extortion, wire fraud and filing multiple false tax returns. The judge acquitted Correia on six of the wire fraud charges and two of the tax fraud counts Monday, citing insufficient evidence presented during the trial.

The judge claimed the prosecution did not prove that Correia used wire communications to deposit the money he received from investors.

Federal prosecutors recommended that Correia be sentenced to 11 years in prison for stealing money from investors, and soliciting bribes from marijuana vendors in Fall River to fund his lavish lifestyle. Correia and his attorneys asked for only three years in prison.

Federal prosecutors asked the judge to order Correia to pay nearly $300,000 in restitution to investors, more than $20,000 to the IRS, and forfeit more than $560,000. The judge said the restitution and forfeiture will be determined at a later date.

The judge gave Correia the opportunity to speak in court Tuesday, but he declined. He had been out on bail since the verdict with an ankle monitor.

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