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Sep 12, 2013 9:01 AM

2 Resign In South Texas Public Corruption Case

PROGRESO - Two members of a family that federal authorities say dominated city and school district politics in a small South Texas border town have resigned their positions while two others have been suspended.

Progreso Independent School District officials told The McAllen Monitor Wednesday that Michael Vela resigned as president of the school board and his father, Jose Guadalupe Vela Jr. resigned as the district's maintenance and transportation supervisor.

School district attorney Kevin O'Hanlon said Omar Vela, Progreso's mayor, has been suspended from his job overseeing the district's truancy and security departments. All three Velas face public corruption charges for allegedly using their positions to extort bribes and kickbacks from school district and city contractors.

O'Hanlon said district business manager Ana Vela, who has not been charged, has also been suspended.

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