Last October we published a blog about Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia after he was arrested by the FBI on a variety of charges including defrauding investors of an app he created for hundreds of thousands of dollars. We had information that no one else had from a tipster alleging that Correia’s fraud largely came from bribes he received from potential marijuana vendors in Fall River.
I have been following Jasiel Correia for several years, now. Since right before his initial campaign run. I am an app developer, who also acts as an investor for promising technology in the South Shore area. The thing that caught my eye about Mr. Correia, was that he was not going through traditional investment channels. He was not attending business development conferences or networking events. He doesn’t have any noteworthy familial connections, nor impressive alumni from Providence College. He didn’t even attend an event at Providence College specifically to connect entrepreneurs with investors like me.
Then one day, he fucked up. He lapsed on his payment for his GitHub account, and all of his code repos were temporarily public. I got a glimpse of all the code backing SnoOwl, and it’s exactly what I guessed: a cookie-cutter app template he purchased for $45, and a handful of cheap $5/hr Indian developers off Upwork committing updates that were simple enough to swap out colors & logos, while mimicking the promised functionality. All-in-all, there was under $200 worth of “work” done on the app, none of which was done by him.
So how did this kid with no connections, and no skills, and no working PoC, manage to raise that amount of money? Curiosity got the best of me. The investors in this area are a tight-knit social circle. We all know each other, we all get drinks together, we all compete together for the best investments, and talk shit together about the worst. However, I don’t know the investors in SnoOwl — and neither did anyone else that I associate with.
Not a single dime was “invested” in SnoOwl because they thought the app was promising. These were flat-out bribes, and the monthly cash injections were directly keeping Correia on their payroll. The Feds, DoJ, IRS, staties, etc. all know this. Each of his “investors” is significantly more interesting than Jasiel Correia himself. It’s a cabal of corrupt business owners and politicians, all of which will come crumbling down publicly, thanks to their associations with this kid.
I’m not privy to the full extent of what the deals were, but my understanding that it was an exchange of “investing” money with Jasiel, in exchange for business incentives (i.e., city contracts, tax incentives, etc.). Turns out that Jasiel didn’t have nearly as much power as he was claiming to have, and wasn’t able to fulfill his back-room promises. Then when the “investors” wanted refunds, Jasiel couldn’t do it, because he already squandered all of it.
From this we inferred that the “investors” were actually marijuana vendors.
Here’s another thing to keep in mind – Fall River just granted three companies licenses to sell medical marijuana in Fall River. Sure, it could be a coincidence, but there is a lot of money to be made in marijuana. Does anyone really think after watching Correia’s press conference that it’s above him to promise some investor that they’ll get a license to grow in the city, and then not deliver for them because he doesn’t have that power?
Turns out we were right…..
Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favorite Ratchet Mayor, Juicy Jasiel Correia, was arrested again by the FBI in Fall River.
US Attorney Andrew Lelling, the same guy who went after corrupt State Police Union boss Dana Pullman, and the idiot judge in Newton who conspired to let an illegal immigrant go out a back door of the courthouse to avoid ICE, held a press conference today outlining the new allegations.
- Correia “has run that town as a pay to play institution.”
- Marijuana vendors need non-opposition letters from the mayor, which Correia would give only if he got paid.
- Correia lied to marijuana vendors by saying that he was limiting the non-opposition letters to only 5 or 6, in order to artificially inflate the value of those letters and thereby pump the vendors for more cash
- Correia has issued 14 letters, including two to his girlfriend’s brother.
- Correia extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars through middle men ranging from $25K to $250K to get the non-opposition letters
- Correia also took payment in the form of marijuana on at least one occasion
- 2016-2018 he did this to 4 separate vendors totaling over $600,000 cash payments
- Some involved Correia getting a cut for future vendor sales
- A vendor agreed to have friends and family make donations to mayoral campaign over $12K
- Correia showed up at vendor’s place of business with chief of staff Genoveva Andrade and asked for $250K for a non-opposition letter
- Correia was handed $75K in cash in the back of a car and then handed over a non-opposition letter in an envelope
- Correia told a vendor that he would reduce the vendor’s annual payment to the city (supposed to be 3% of gross sales) if he was paid a $25K bribe
- 2016 associate of Correia bought property on Killburn Street then needed permits and excavation permits for sprinkler system, gave Correia a $10K Batman rolex and $4K cash to Correia that Correia’s campaign had paid the man to rent space in that building in order to get the permits
- Correia got kick backs from his chief of staff Andrade (half of $78K salary) paycheck by paycheck, as a condition for getting and keeping her job, along with 100% of her annual stipend
- Mayoral Aide 1 told Middleman 1 to put the money in a shed behind Mayoral Aide 1′s house on July 7, 2018. After retrieving the envelope in Correia’s presence, Mayoral Aide 1 returned it to Middleman 1 saying Correia thought it was “fed money.
- Correia drove to Middleman 1′s house 4-5 times in his government vehicle to pick up cash payments of $10,000 to $20,000 each
- 4 other associates are also charged
- Hildegard Camara, employed in his administration, conspired with Correia to extort marijuana vendors. Camara’s brother Joseph is a long time City Councillor who recently ran against Jasiel in the recall election and won 14.5% of the vote, finishing in third, but dividing the anti-Jasiel vote which enabled him to win with just 35% of the vote.
- Tony Costa, owns property in Fall River, friend of Correia, and worked with Correai to extort marijuana vendors
- David Hebert owns property in Fall River, friend of Correia, and worked with Correai to extort marijuana vendors
- Gen Andrade, conspired with Correia to extort marijuana vendors and others
- All gave false statement to investigators during course of investigation
- Andrade told a marijuana vendor, “you’re family now” after extorting a bribe from them
- Jasiel underpaid taxes to conceal fraud in 2013 and 2014
Juicy Jasiel has to be the dumbest corrupt politician in the history of corrupt political officials. Da fuq are you going near the money for idiot? That’s why you have middle men! And how desperate and pathetic is his chief of staff? You gave this mother fucker half your $78K salary AND the stipend? So you made barely more than a Walmart greeter AND you’re going to jail too? Wicked smart. Only in Fall River.
The only people dumber than Juicy Jasiel are the Port-a-geez mafia who blindly vote for him and show up at press conferences to shout down the media because he’s Port-a-geez?
Believe it or not there are STILL morons still pretending that he’s innocent.
This is why democracy should be banned. This is why we have an electoral college. Because people like this are allowed to vote, and there are a lot of them. Crotchety old ladies who have never left Fall River and grow grapes in their backyard. Until we start taking away voting rights for DUMBASSES like this we can never, ever have faith in a democracy.
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