BOSTON — The trial of former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II is moving along at a good clip, as Day 3 of testimony begins at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.
U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock will be presiding over the trial in Courtroom 1.
Correia faces a total of 24 counts, including tax fraud in relation to his app company, SnoOwl, and extortion and bribery charges in relation to an alleged pay-to-play scheme he created with marijuana vendors looking to do business in Fall River.
What we learned yesterday
Two very distinct images of Jasiel Correias are beginning to emerge. Defense attorney Kevin Reddington portrayed the now 29-year-old Correia as an ambitious and passionate young entrepreneur, working his way up from a shoe salesman and living above a coffee shop.
Federal prosecutors Zachary Hafer and David Tobin painted Fall River’s youngest mayor as a slick, master con man who convinced three experienced businessmen and an orthodontist that they could make a killing as investors in his app company, while he was using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle of $300 cologne, Tiffany jewelry for his girlfriend, $700 shoes, casinos, helicopter tours of Newport, R.I. and Rolex watches.
Each of the investors questioned said Correia told them he sold a tech business while he was a college student. Correia’s former business partner in FindIt, likely…