BOSTON — The final of three co-conspirators to plead responsible within the authorities corruption case in opposition to former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia II is asking a federal court docket choose to additional delay his sentencing date.
David Hebert, a Westport resident and proprietor of the true property firm Hanover Properties, pleaded responsible for his function in Correia’s plot to extort greater than $600,000 from hashish corporations seeking to do enterprise within the metropolis.
Within the September 2019 plea settlement, Hebert pleaded responsible to at least one rely every of extortion, extortion conspiracy and mendacity to investigators.
A political supporter of the previous mayor and his landlord at one level, Hebert was most lately scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 16.
A joint movement filed by his protection lawyer, R. Bradford Bailey, and U.S. Assistant Attorneys, Dustin Chao and David Tobin, requested an extension to someday in Could as a result of Hebert is about to be a witness for the federal government within the upcoming trial of Correia’s former chief of employees, Gen Andrade. In accordance with a web-based federal court docket docket, that trial is set for March 7.
Gen Andrade trial set for March 7
Final June, in an sudden flip of occasions, federal court docket Decide Douglas P. Woodlock rejected a plea settlement between Andrade and federal prosecutors for her alleged function in extorting cash from marijuana distributors, bribing Correia by giving him half her wage and mendacity to investigators.
Jury choice for her trial began Dec. 6, however was continued to March 7 after a witness for the federal prosecutors got here down with COVID.
Hebert’s co-defendants within the extortion scheme, Tony Costa and Hildegar Camara, who additionally took plea offers with the federal government, are at present serving their home arrest sentences.
Not like Costa and Camara, who have been witnesses for the prosecution in Correia’s trial, Hebert was not referred to as to the stand, though he was at one level on a witness checklist.
Costa was ordered and has since paid greater than $100,000 in restitution for pocketing bribe cash from marijuana enterprise house owners.
As a part of Hebert’s sentencing, he may very well be topic to surrendering $61,000 in forfeiture cash to the court docket associated to the marijuana extortion scheme.
Throughout Correia’s month-long trial final Could, enterprise proprietor Matthew Pichette testified that he entered right into a bribery settlement, brokered by Hebert, a longtime acquaintance.
Pichette testified he met with Hebert on the Outdated Firehouse Smoke Store on Rock Road and was requested to provide $25,000 to Correia’s authorized protection fund. Pichette stated he ultimately agreed to this $25,000 as a result of, “I anticipated there was no different technique to get the letters.”
Correia II’s jail report date
Whereas Andrade awaits her trial, Correia was granted one other delay by Woodlock to show himself into the Federal Correctional Establishment, Berlin in New Hampshire.
The third most up-to-date delay was final Thursday, sooner or later earlier than Correia was to report back to the Bureau of Prisons facility.
Woodlock ordered that Correia, who out on bail and outfitted with a GPS gadget, be free till and together with Feb. 13.
The choose nonetheless has an impressive determination to make whether or not Correia can keep out of jail pending his attraction of his felony case.
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