3 relatives ousted from South Texas school board

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Associated Press

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

PROGRESO, Texas (AP) — Two brothers and the wife of one of them have been removed from the school board in a small South Texas town in the fallout over a conspiracy and bribery scheme.

Brothers Omar and Orlando Vela and Orlando Vela's wife, Ana, were all unanimously voted off the Progreso school board. Omar Vela was Progreso's mayor and the school district head of truancy. He's awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and bribery charges.

Orlando Vela was school district risk manager and former city mayor pro tem. He's pleaded guilty to stealing money for buying supplies that weren't sold.

Ana Vela hasn't been charged but was school district business manager. Trustee Juan Garcia tells The Monitor newspaper of McAllen (http://bit.ly/1nG3pju ) she should not have signed off on fraudulent payments.

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Information from: The Monitor, http://www.themonitor.com

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