After mayor was charged with wire fraud and filing false tax returns, the Baker-Polito campaign withdrew its endorsement of Correia.
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is calling on Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia to “step aside” from his position.
A press release issued by the Baker-Polito campaign Friday said Correia would be best to leave his position as mayor.
“Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito believe that in light of these serious allegations, Mayor Correia should act in the best interests of the people of Fall River and step aside until the case is resolved. Ultimately, it is up to residents and voters to decide who is best fit to lead the city,” Baker/Polito campaign spokesman Terry MacCormack said in a statement.
The call from Baker comes a day after Correia was arrested by the U.S. Attorney’s office and officials with the FBI on nine charges of wire fraud and four charges of filing false tax returns.
Correia is accused of bilking investors in his SnoOwl app of more than $250,000, which U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling claimed was used by Correia to fund a “lavish lifestyle” that included travel, luxury hotels, a Mercedes-Benz and adult entertainment.
Correia has vehemently denied the charges and said that he would not resign from office.
Following the announcement of the charges the Baker-Polito campaign removed an endorsement from Correia from their campaign website. Correia was touted as being among a group of 10 Democratic mayors that had crossed party lines to support the incumbent governor and lieutenant governor.