City Officials Reviewing Proposal to Limit Power of Mayor Correia
FALL RIVER — Elected officials in Fall River are attempting to limit the power of Mayor Jasiel Correi after he was arrested by federal authorities for the second time in less than a year.
The Fall River Herald News reports that an effort has begun to reconfigure city government to limit the amount of power and control afforded to the mayor’s office.
In the City of Fall River, the mayor is appointed full executive power. The proposal would establish a new city manager position that would operate as the head of local government operations. City officials are scheduled to review the proposal on Monday,
A 42-page federal indictment says Correia conspired to receive kickbacks from recreational marijuana dispensaries applying for a license in Fall River, and even conspired to extort his own Chief of Staff.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling explained the new extortion and bribery charges in a Friday press conference following Correia’s arrest.
Hildigar Camara, Tony Costa and David Hebert are charged along with Andrade with extortion. The group conspired with Correia in numerous ways to extort these vendors and ultimately steal money meant for the City of Fall River.
In October of 2018, federal agents arrested Correia on a separate, and still pending, 12-count indictment for defrauding investors the SnoOwl app he created.