FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Mayor Jasiel Correia is speaking out for the first time after a recall effort submitted more than the required 5% of registered voters needed to trigger an election.
The Fall River Recall group has more than 2,510 signatures to make their next steps and hopes to have nearly 4,000 by Thursday.
Correia, 26, was arrested by federal authorities last month on more than a dozen counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and continues to deny the allegations while repeatedly saying he will not step down as mayor.
“I want to just continue doing my job and being the great mayor I believe I can continue to be and with the people’s support,” Correia said. “I’ll stay in office. I don’t get weary. I just wake up and try and do the best job I can.”
The Fall River City Council voted no confidence in Correia last week, then requested that he resign.
Prosecutors allege he misused $231,000 of the $363,000 he accepted from seven investors in SnoOwl, the app company he founded in 2012, while misleading them about the business.