FALL RIVER — Mayor Jasiel Correia is not resigning, despite rumors surfacing this week that the embattled mayor was stepping down to focus on his legal battles.

The Fall River Herald News reports that Mayor Correia denied that he planned to resign Wednesday night, telling reporters “it’s a rumor,” at a Fall River restaurant.

The Herald says Correia’s campaign held an “organizational meeting” at the restaurant that lasted about an hour. City Councilor Steven Camara was also in attendance.

Correia is facing a litany of federal charges after being arrested earlier in the month for the second time in less than a year. On September 6, he was arrested for allegedly extorting marijuana vendors seeking to do business in the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In October of 2018, Correia was arrested by the FBI for the first time on charges he defrauded investors in the SnoOwl app he created.

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