Massachusetts mayor facing federal fraud charges

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor who was first elected at age 23 is facing criminal charges.

The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts announced Thursday that Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested and charged with defrauding investors and using funds to pay for lavish lifestyle and political campaigns.

Federal prosecutors have scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning to discuss the case.

A voicemail message left at the 26-year-old Correia’s office was not immediately returned.

According to his online biography, the Democratic Correia first ran for the Fall River City Council at age 21 in 2013.

He is a lifelong city resident who attended Providence College and is the city’s first mayor of Cape Verdean descent.

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