Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, who is facing 24 federal counts of extortion, will take a leave of absence and suspend his re-election campaign (A WBZ image).

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– News covered by Quincy Quarry News with commentary added.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II to take a leave of absence and suspend his re-election campaign.

Correia, who is facing 24 federal counts of extortion, is expected to be announcing later today that he is taking a leave of absence and suspending his re-election campaign.

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Correia was arrested earlier this year for allegedly defrauding investors in a smartphone app he developed.  He refused to step down and subsequently survived a recall election.

The 27-year-old was also arrested more recently on charges of shaking down potential marijuana store owners hoping to do business in the Fall River.

Correia has called the charges “politically motivated.”

Additionally, last week, a judge denied the City Council’s request for an order that would temporarily oust Correia from office.

Even so, Correia is expected to announce that he will be taking a leave of absence and suspending his re-election campaign.

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As such, Quincy Quarry can only assume that even more charges are impending.

That or perhaps Correia has cut a plea deal with the feds.

Source: Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia To Take Leave Of Absence And Suspend Re-Election Campaign

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