Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia facing more legal trouble

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, accompanied by an aide, arrives at the groundbreaking for the new B.M.C. Durfee High School. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts mayor already charged with stealing investor funds intended for his app company is facing more legal trouble.

The FBI’s Boston office in a tweet Friday said Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is charged with conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies. Correia’s former chief of staff faces similar charges.

Authorities have scheduled a news conference Friday to discuss the developments.

The Associated Press left a message at Correia’s attorney’s office.

The 27-year-old Correia, first elected at age 23, pleaded not guilty last October to a 13-count indictment charging him with defrauding investors in an app he created and filing false tax returns.

In a strange turn of events, Correia was recalled and re-elected on the same night last March. He is seeking re-election.

Read the complete indictment below:

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