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Fall River mayor calls for support as recall election looms

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia reiterated Wednesday that he has no plans to step down despite having a deadline of 5 p.m. Wednesday to do so.

Should Correia not resign by that time, the City Council will schedule a special recall election.

The effort to recall Correia followed the young mayor's arrest on federal fraud charges back in October. The group behind the effort submitted nearly double the signatures needed to trigger a recall election and once the petitions were confirmed by the Board of Elections, the City Council gave Correia five days to respond.

On Wednesday, Correia posted messages on Facebook on Twitter indicating he will not step down by the 5 p.m. deadline and calling for support in the recall election.

Correia, 27, was arrested by federal authorities on more than a dozen counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. 

Prosecutors allege he misused $231,000 of the $363,000 he accepted from seven investors in SnowOwl, the app company he founded in 2012, while misleading them about the business.

Correia has repeatedly denied the allegations.

The mayor also filed an objection to the signatures last week, alleging a "substantial" number of those submitted were invalid.

The City Council is expected to schedule the special election in early January and the Board of Elections gave the panel two dates to choose from: March 12 or 19.

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