The Federal Prosecutors Respond to JCII

While Jasiel Correia's Lead Defense Attorney, Kevin Reddington, withdrew a request this week to amend a court order that prohibits any communication between Fall River's current Mayor and potential witnesses in ''United States of America v Jasiel Correia II'', Boston based Federal Prosecutors issued a blistering response in explaining why they decided to reject the request, in which Correia had offered to repay what he termed as ''lenders'' in order to reconstitute SnoOwl, a smart phone app that Correia tried to market while a Providence College Student. 


Federal Prosecutor Andrew Lelling says the government proposed that Correia and Federal Prosecutors jointly filed a motion to transfer $306,000 Correia indicated was being held in escrow, to a fund controlled by the court, until the conclusion of the criminal case, at which time the victims could be made whole. 


Correia rejected the offer, and his attorney failed to mention it in his filing to the court. 

Federal Prosecutors also noted in their filing that Correia filed the initial motion just weeks before a March 12 Recall Election, and noted that Correia had stated publicly for the first time that he had both the means the desire to repay what Correia has referred to as lenders.


Lelling noted that Correia had earlier stated that when it came to SnoOwl, he had done nothing wrong. 


Lelliing concludes in his statement that ''given Correia's remarkable about face on whether his victims were entitled to repayment, the apparent political timing, the omission of the government's proposal from his memo, and the brazen attempt to blame the government for the victims not getting their money back, it is clear that motion was not a good faith effort to obtain legal relief''.


Correia is due back in court on April 23 for an interim status conference.