Decision Due on Bond for Town's Ruling Family 9/5/13
McALLEN, Texas - A decision is due from a federal magistrate on whether
to grant bond to members of a South Texas family charged with public corruption.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos said she would issue her decision by the
end of the day Thursday in McAllen.
FBI Special Agent Ricardo Ale described Wednesday at a detention hearing how
the Vela family ran the politics of the tiny border town of Progreso through
Jose Guadalupe Vela Jr. is a 64-year-old maintenance and transportation
supervisor for the Progreso Independent School District. He and his sons,
Progreso Mayor Omar Vela and school board President Michael Vela were arrested
Prosecutors allege the men used their positions to receive kickbacks and
bribes on city and school contracts.