Mayor arrested for allegedly extorting cash from pot sellers

With the inducement of huge profits in the cannabis industry, allegations of pay-to play in San Luis Obispo County and throughout the nation are common with pot sellers who regularly complain about public officials and government employees seeking bribes. On the other side, government employees and officials have also reported bribery attempts from cannabis business owners.

In the past few years, the number of government corruption cases has exploded as unethical politicians and former black market operators work to game the system. On Friday, a 27-year-old Fall River, Massachusetts mayor was arrested for allegedly extorting six-figure bribes from marijuana vendors.

Federal prosecutors charged Jasiel F. Correia II with extorting marijuana vendors for bribes, 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.

Correia’s former Chief of Staff Genoveva Andrade, 48, was also arrested Friday on charges of extortion, theft and bribery, and making a false statement.

In addition, the Democrat mayor is accused of directing Fall River public employees to approve and pay for permits and excavating work to activate the water line for a sprinkler system at a commercial property.

Federal prosecutors also filed charges against three others for assisting Correia in obtaining money and property from marijuana vendors.

Correia is facing up to 70 years in federal prison if convicted on all charges.

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3 Comments about “Mayor arrested for allegedly extorting cash from pot sellers”

  1. Gabbie says:

    The local deep dark underground of illicit drugs, weapons, cash, drugs, porn and child pedophile is rampant in SLO and the surrounding areas, look into the real issues, why would Prosecutors, Defense, Family Law Lawyers and others gather for a night of debauchery, young college age girls, young boys for a “Private Party ” ?

    One of the “Drivers/Body Guards” of these underground parties several took place at private estates, others at the Country Club Homes , this driver aka body guard had enough and now has taken surreptitious photos and tape recorded conversations all very evil and disgusting .

    The video and tapes are revealing and shameful fro prominent ;lawyers, Judges both sitting and former members of the Bench and District Attorney’s office, hiding and altering evidence, false charging people, making it appear that drugs were involved and molestation’s..

    Many well off business, oil, car dealerships, real estate staff, investment advisors and this is a short list. Dirty Cops, Dirty Deputy District Attorney’s and the elected DA along with some 7 county employees and several SLO PD cops and one staff member, the evils being done are just the tip of the deep and dark world of the few who think they are above the law and powerful, little did they know those they trusted now have turned over evidence to the right people and i pray soon the indictments will come knocking.

    You can retire but the long reach of the law is more powerful than you think…..

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