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FALL RIVER, Mass, (WPRI) — Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arraigned Thursday on charges that he defrauded investors who put money into his startup business, a stunning turn of events for one of the nation’s youngest mayors.

Correia, 26, told reporters following his arraignment that he will “absolutely not” resign as mayor over the charges. “It has nothing to do with me as mayor,” he said of the indictment. He denied all the allegations and predicted he would be “vindicated” after a trial.

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Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office said Correia used the money to “fund his own lavish lifestyle, burgeoning political career, and the needs of his other business ventures.” The Democratic mayor has been dogged for more than a year by reports that he faced a federal investigation over an app company he founded in 2012, SnoOwl.

Correia, a Providence College graduate who was first elected in 2015 at the age of just 23, successfully downplayed the corruption accusations and easily won re-election last year.

The FBI’s Boston office said Correia was arrested early Thursday morning in Bridgewater, where authorities said the mayor had been at a nightclub last night, by agents from the FBI, the IRS, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general’s office. (The FBI corrected an initial statement that he had been arrested in Fall River.)

Correia pleaded not guilty at federal court in Boston Thursday afternoon and was released on personal recognizance with conditions. He was ordered to surrender his passport Friday at a Taunton probation office, have no contact with anyone related to SnoOwl, and told he must “remain employed.”

Correia, who wore a black polo short and black pants, was laughing and smiling at the arraignment.

“It’s not my best Thursday – you know, it’s raining. It’s not my best Thursday. I don’t like to be out in the rain,” the mayor told reporters after.

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  1. I hate to say it but this is the attitude of the younger generation. They went thru an education system that indoctrinated them into the group think that they are owed whatever they want and that there would be or should be no consequences for anything that they do. He sees nothing wrong with what he did because he was owed that money and what he spent it on doesn’t make any difference because it was given to him. That he is a Democrat is not surprising either as that is the group think for them. As soon as someone decides that he needs money to fight these charges because the lawyers are expensive to fight the big bad government a GoFundMe will be started.

    There are Republicans that think this way as well but it does seem like there are fewer of them. Most of the time when a conservative commits fraud they do so knowing that they aren’t owed that money, they know that they are committing a crime and if caught will be arrested and go to trial.

    We have bad people in all parties doing bad things, there is no doubt about that.

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