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Mayor charged by feds says he won’t quit; recall vote next

December 26, 2018
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Mayor Jasiel Correia holds his five page speech that he decided not to read about his indictment during a news conference held at the Fall River Government Center in Fall River, Mass. The mayor, facing federal tax and wire fraud charges, said he will not resign from office, setting the stage for a recall election. The Fall River City Council had given Correia until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, to decide if would leave office on his own. (Dave Souza/The Herald News of Fall River via , File)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges says he will not resign from office, setting the stage for a recall election.

The Fall River City Council had given Mayor Jasiel Correia (JAY’-zil koh-RAY’-uh) until 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide if would leave office on his own. In a letter shared on social media, Correia said it was up to the “people of our city” to answer the question of whether he should continue serving.

Correia, who was only 23 when first elected mayor in 2015, pleaded not guilty in October to federal tax and wire fraud charges. Prosecutors allege he used investments in a company he formed as his “own personal ATM” to enjoy a lavish lifestyle and pay student loan debt.

Organizers collected more than 4,500 signatures seeking a recall election.

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