FILE — In this Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia speaks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Boston, following his appearance on bribery, extortion and fraud charges. Correia heads to trial in federal court in April 2021 on charges that he stole more than $230,000 from investors in a smartphone app he created to pay for things like a Mercedes, casino trips and adult entertainment. As mayor, he's accused of convincing his chief of staff to give him half of her salary in order to keep her city job and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses seeking to operate there.(AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)
(AP) — The upcoming trial of a former Massachusetts mayor first elected at the age of 23 will showcase the dramatic rise and fall of the wunderkind accused of stealing from his investors and extorting marijuana companies. Jury selection begins Tuesday in Boston’s federal court for the case against ex-Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia. Correia has denied any wrongdoing and has blamed the charges on political foes who want to bring him down. Prosecutors will try to show show that Correia swindled investors just like his critics say he smooth-talked voters into entrusting him to run the city.
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