FALL RIVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new trial date has been set for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, after his previous trial dates were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trial will officially begin on April 20. The start date had been set for two weeks later, in early May. Correia was hit with 24 federal charges in September 2019, the most serious of which included extortion, bribery, and fraud.
Federal prosecutors said Correia extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from legal marijuana producers that wanted to open up shop in Fall River.
The start of Correia's trial, April 20, happens to be an unofficial holiday of sorts for marijuana users.
Correia former Chief of Staff, Genoveva Andrade, has already pleaded guilty to several charges, including extortion and bribery.
WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports: