Stains on a lawmaker's jacket isn't exclusive to Rhode Island. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested last week on charges he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses. Under state law, a so called non opposition letter is required a license to operate a marijuana business, and authorities claim Correia was certainly willing to issues those letters FOR A PRICE. At least four business owners paid a total of $600,000 in bribes to the mayor, and he used the dough to support a lavish lifestyle and cover his mounting legal bills according to authorities. Correia is also accused of extorting his chief of staff pocketing half of her salary to keep her job. iIn a strange turn of events this Correia was recalled by voters and then promptly reelected on the very same night in March. he's also one of three candidates in a primary election scheduled for next week,.Remember, Correia's already facing charges on accusations he stole investor funds to bankroll a lavish lifestyle. He;'s pleaded NOT GUILTY to both incidents. He's set for trial on the first set of federal charges February 24th. Many are clamoring for Correia to step down but he's turning a deaf ear to those critics.
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