Co-Conspirator Of Former Fall River Mayor Sentenced
An associate of the recently convicted former mayor of Fall River has been sentenced for his role in a scheme to extort money from marijuana vendors.
Federal prosecutors said Hildegar Camara was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation, including 18 months of home confinement. The 60-year-old Camara will also have to perform 150 hours of community service for each year of his probation.
Authorities sat Camara worked as a middleman for former Mayor Jasiel Correia, helping him obtain bribes from individuals who were working to open marijuana businesses in the area.
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Correia, now 29, was convicted in May of soliciting the bribes and stealing money from investors in a smartphone app to bankroll his lavish lifestyle. Correia was first elected at age 23 on promises to turn the struggling mill city around.
Hildegar is a former county workforce development official. Prosecutors said his testimony was critical in their successful prosecution of Correia, who is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 20.