Fall River mayor evicted from residence amid fraud charges
Embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II has been evicted from his residence just days after he was arrested on 13 counts of wire fraud and filing false tax returns, according to authorities.
The Bristol County Sheriff’s Department told NBC 10 News Monday evening that the mayor was served with eviction papers earlier that morning for his home at 200 Bank St.
But when an NBC 10 reporter tweeted the news, Correia tweeted back, “This is in accurate (sic).” The reporter asked him, “How so?” but Correia didn’t offer an explanation.
An indictment notes that Correia used more than $300,000 from his business investors to fund his luxury life style and political career. He pleaded not guilty and is free while awaiting trial.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s campaign released a statement Friday, noting in part, “Mayor Correia should act in the best interests of the people of Fall River and step aside until the case is resolved.” He also called the situation "very serious."
Correia, a Democrat, had endorsed Baker, a Republican, in his re-election bid.
Meanwhile, Correia announced he will be delivering a statement at Fall River Government Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, just a few hours before the City Council is expected to vote on whether he should remain in office.
“As council president, I’m looking for the community to come together because this has been a tough week for us,” Council President Cliff Ponte told NBC 10. “Unfortunately, this community has been saturated with sad news unfortunate news I feel it is in the best interest in this community for our mayor to step down from office.”
Correia has denied allegations against him and said he wouldn’t step down as mayor. If he does not step down, city councilors could vote to oust him if seven out of nine vote for his removal.