Massachusetts mayor arrested, accused of extorting marijuana companies

Massachusetts mayor arrested, accused of extorting marijuana companies

[Ed. – It remains dysfunctional to let marijuana in the front door, in a society that commits itself to enabling self-destructive habits by giving out public benefits no matter what stupid things you do to yourself.  Government regulation of addictive substances, in the hope of reaping profit for the government, will always lead to extortion and graft.  We don’t even notice it with the liquor industry now, but liquor licensing involves bribery and extortion in counties across America every year too.]

Jasiel Correia, the 27-year-old Democrat mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested Friday on charges of fraud, extortion, bribery, and filing false tax returns.

The FBI’s Boston office and the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts each tweeted the news.

“Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested this morning by @FBIBoston IRS-CI & @HUDOIG special agents at his home. He’s accused of conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies,” the FBI tweeted.

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The Bureau followed up by tweeting that Correia’s former chief of staff, Genoveva Andrade, was also arrested “on extortion and bribery charges.”

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