The corruption trial of a former Fall River mayor and his one-time chief of staff is scheduled to begin in mid-January, a federal judge said at a pre-trial hearing last week.

U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodcock said the trial of former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia and Gen Andrade is expected to start Jan. 13, the Herald News reported. Correia and Andrade are being tried together, despite efforts from their attorneys to separate the trials.

An original trial date for May was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Correia in Sept. 2019 was arrested and charged with 24 counts including bribery, extortion conspiracy, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns. He is accused of extorting $600,000 from marijuana vendors hoping to do business in the city, and of defrauding investors in a smartphone app startup called SnoOwl.

Andrade is accused of bribery and of aiding and abetting Correia in his alleged marijuana extortion scheme. She faces six counts.

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