‘I’m rather confident I’m fired,’ software program developer testifies Correia did not pay workers of startup for months

by: Tim White, Sarah Guernelli, Steph Machado Posted: Apr 28, 2021 / 01:14 PM EDT

Former Tumble River Mayor Jasiel Correia, heart, comes to the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, Monday, April 26, 2021, in Boston. Opening statements in Correia’s federal corruption demo commenced Monday. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston World through AP)

BOSTON (WPRI) – Software developer Joshua Harding took issue with one of then-candidate for mayor Jasiel Correia’s marketing campaign platforms.

Correia, then just 23 several years old, was searching for to develop into the youngest mayor in Tumble River’s history and touted his modest business qualifications. At the time Harding was operating for Correia’s nascent SnoOwl startup – an app built to enable diners link with eating places – and hadn’t been compensated in months.

So Harding shot an email to Correia, locating it ironic that Correia was touting his compact business acumen, “yet you have a smaller business enterprise suitable beneath your nose that is suffering.”

At that issue, in November 2015, Harding testified that expenses central to maintaining the app up and managing were being heading unpaid and the handful of SnoOwl staff members final noticed compensation back in July.

Harding afterwards emailed a single of SnoOwl’s investors – retired New Bedford businessman Mark Eisenberg – expressing problem about the problem.

“I do not imagine it is way too substantially to talk to when we will be paid,” Harding wrote in a November 2015 electronic mail. “Especially given that we have been waiting for a number of months with no remedy.”

Harding despatched an additional e-mail producing “I sent this to Jasiel on Thursday, he hasn’t bothered to reply. I’m rather absolutely sure I’m fired… but since I’m not staying paid there is not a great deal big difference!”

Harding testified he did not listen to again from Correia, but did get a call from SnoOwl legal professional Nick Bernier who he explained informed him he “shouldn’t have sent the electronic mail and Jasiel is indignant.”

On the early morning of day a few of testimony in the legal demo from Correia, jurors heard from Harding as effectively as Bernier who testified he started to expand involved about the direction of the startup when a lender account for the business experienced only $36,000 in it, regardless of increasing $270,000 from private investors.

Bernier testified he afterwards resigned from the organization.

“I was suspicious and anxious about ethical conflicts,” he stated.

Prosecutors declare in its place of shelling out the revenue on SnoOwl, He allegedly put in their cash on a lavish way of living for himself and his girlfriend, purchasing a Mercedes and designer garments, heading on excursions, and even taking a helicopter tour of the Newport mansions.

Correia, the former mayor of Slide River, is dealing with various fraud expenses associated to allegedly stealing the investors’ income — just some of the allegations in the huge corruption trial at the moment underway in federal court in Boston.

The previous mayor is also accused of extorting cannabis distributors for bribes in exchange for his mayoral signature on letters to permit them to open hashish stores in the town. He faces 24 criminal counts in all, and has pleaded not guilty.

Testimony resumes Wednesday afternoon.

Tim White ([email protected]) is the Target 12 managing editor and main investigative reporter at 12 Information, and the host of Newsmakers. Hook up with him on Twitter and Fb