Judge Grants Bond to 3 Held on Public Corruption 9/6/13
McALLEN, Texas - A federal judge has set bond for a father and his two
sons accused of public corruption in running a pay-to-play scheme in a South
Texas border town.
U.S. Magistrate Dorina Ramos in McAllen set bond Thursday at $100,000 for
Jose Guadalupe Vela Jr., a 64-year-old maintenance and transportation supervisor
for the Progreso Independent School District. She also set bonds in the same
amounts for his sons, Progreso Mayor Omar Vela and school board President
Michael Vela. They were arrested Aug. 28 on federal public corruption charges.
They'll be subject to GPS tracking while awaiting trial.
On Wednesday, an FBI agent testified the three used their public positions
to run the town through intimidation. Prosecutors allege the three demanded
bribes and kickbacks in return for school district and city contracts.