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BOSTON — The Latest on the arrest of a Massachusetts mayor (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Federal authorities say at least four business owners paid a total of $600,000 in bribes to a Massachusetts mayor in exchange for official letters needed to obtain a license to set up a marijuana business.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested Friday on charges he conspired to extort the companies.

A message seeking comment was left for Correia’s attorney.

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling told a news conference that Correia used the money he received in bribes to support a lavish lifestyle and cover mounting legal bills.

Once a rising political star in Massachusetts, Correia has remained in office despite efforts to force him out amid his legal troubles.

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11:10 a.m.

A Massachusetts mayor already accused of stealing investor funds to bankroll a lavish lifestyle has been arrested on charges he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies.

The FBI’s Boston office said in a tweet Friday that Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia’s chief of staff has been arrested on similar charges.

A message seeking comment was left for Correia’s attorney.

Authorities have scheduled a news conference Friday to discuss the developments.

The 27-year-old Correia was first elected at age 23. He has pleaded not guilty to a 13-count indictment charging him with defrauding investors in an app he created and filing false tax returns.

In a strange turn of events, Correia was recalled and reelected on the same night last March. He is seeking reelection.

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