In August of 1985, Avelino González Claudio was accused of participating
in the planning and authorization of an operation to secure $7,117,000 from a Wells Fargo armored truck in Hartford, Connecticut
on September 12, 1983, along with other Puerto Ricans and two North Americans. The operation was carried out by a clandestine
organization fighting for the independence of Puerto Rico, the PRTP-Macheteros. Avelino was not arrested at the time. However,
more than 20 years later, he was arrested in Manatí, Puerto Rico, on February 7, 2008.
Avelino was born in the town of Vega Baja on October 8, 1942.
As a student at the University of Puerto Rico, he became a member and then vice-president of the Pro-Independence University
Federation (Federación Universitaria Pro Independencia-FUPI). In the mid-1960’s, he married and moved to New York City,
earning his living on Wall Street, and working with the Puerto Rican community, joining and then leading the Vito Marcantonio
Mission of the Movemiento Pro-Independencia (MPI) in New York. He and his family of four children returned to Puerto Rico,
where he worked in the independence movement, including administering the political journal Pensamiento Crítico (Critical
When the arrests of 1985 took place, and Avelino was not arrested,
he assumed the identity of José Ortega, and, while the FBI pursued him, he lived a quiet life, working as a computer teacher
to support his family and contributing constructively to his nation, seeking to improve the services provided by the Department
The charges against those arrested in 1985 had various results:
Carlos Ayes, Filiberto Ojeda, Juan Segarra, Norman Ramirez and Roberto Maldonado went to trial in 1989; Ivonne Meléndez Carrión
also went to trial—some were acquitted, others convicted and sentenced to terms ranging from one year to 55 years; while
Orlando González, Hilton Fernández Diamante, Jorge A. Farinacci, Isaac Camacho, Elías Castro and Angel Días Ruiz negotiated
a plea agreement in 1992. They were sentenced to terms of five years in prison. Two others have never been arrested: Avelino’s
brother Norberto and Victor Gerena, and are being sought by the FBI.
Avelino is currently being held in Somers, the state of Connecticut’s
supermax prison, far from his family and his nation, where he is locked down 23 hours a day, with no access to family visits
or phone calls, in conditions which are calculated not only to interfere with his ability to prepare a defense, but which
are tantamount to torture. He was sentenced to 7 years.
Before you write the prisoners:
It is important to know that it takes time for your letter to reach a
prisoner and to receive a response from him or her. If you do not receive a quick response, do not give up!! Continue to write
to him or her until you receive a response.
If you are going to send a prisoner money for his or her commissary,
it must be in the form of a money order (Postal or Western Union) with their name and prisoner number. Do not send cash and
avoid sending them personal checks.
If you are going to send them reading materials (Books or magazines);
you must make sure that it is a paperback edition. If you are sending a magazine you must remove all the staples and metal
clips. The envelope you send it in must have the staples and metal clips removed as well.
Avelino González Claudio
He is in a half way house in Puerto Rico!
Before you send money to the Prisoners:
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has changed the guidelines for sending federal prisoners commissary. If anyone wants
to send money to our patriots, it must be sent to the following address and in the following manner:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
(Prisoner’s name and Prison Number)
PO Box 474701
Moines IA 50947-0001
You must send all funds to the mailing address (above) and adhere to the following instructions:
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will only approve/accept the following items, which it calls “Negotiable instruments”:
Money Orders, government checks, Foreign Negotiable Instruments or Business checks. NOTE: No Personal Checks; they will be
sent back to you.
Print the prisoner’s committed name and register number (prison number) on the funds.
The name and return address of the sender must appear in the upper left hand corner of the envelope to ensure
that funds can be returned when necessary.
Don’t send items other than funds top the above provided address. The BOP will discard letters, pictures
and anything else you send.