Westport Man Fined for Extortion in Correia Conspiracy
BOSTON — A Westport man and co-conspirator of former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to extortion and lying to federal agents.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said 57-year-old David Hebert pleaded guilty in September 2020 to one count of extortion conspiracy, one count of extortion, and one count of making false statements.
Hebert was sentenced to three years of probation on June 15 in federal court in Boston, the office stated.
He was also fined $25,000, and will have to repay $61,000 in a money judgement.
An associate of the now-imprisoned Correia, Hebert lied to agents about his role in helping the former Fall River mayor obtain money and property from a local marijuana vendor in return for permission to do business in the city.
He demanded that the marijuana vendor pay a total of $25,000 to Correia’s political campaign fund by purchasing $12,500 worth of tickets to two campaign fundraisers.
Hebert also demanded that the vendor’s brother, who held a mortgage on one of his properties, forgive the $61,000 mortgage balance Hebert owed.
The vendor, his friends and his family members all bought the fundraising tickets and his brother discharged the mortgage in exchange for the vendor approval.
In June 2019, Hebert lied to federal investigators by saying he was not involved in the approval and opening of any marijuana dispensaries in Fall River.
He also falsely told them that he had never acted as a financial conduit for Correia.