Ruel Reid faces prison - Former minister, family members arrested for corruption

October 10, 2019
Attorney Carolyn Chuck (left) and members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency escort Ruel Reid and his family to a bus during a raid on his St Andrew home yesterday morning.
Attorney Carolyn Chuck (left) and members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency escort Ruel Reid and his family to a bus during a raid on his St Andrew home yesterday morning.

The five individuals, including former Education Minister Ruel Reid, who were arrested yesterday on corruption charges are expected to face the courts soon.

Reid, his wife Sharen Reid and daughter Sharelle Reid, along with president of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock and Kim Brown-Lawrence, councillor for the Brown's Town division in the St Ann Municipal Corporation, were all arrested yesterday in joint operations in St Andrew, St Catherine and St Ann.

In a joint press release yesterday, the Financial Investigations Division (FID) of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), and the Constabulary Financial Unit of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (CTOC) said they were conducting investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds involving the Education Ministry and the CMU.

All the accused were taken into custody where interviews were conducted in the presence of their attorneys.

Upon the completion of the interview process, the parties were subsequently charged for various illegal acts, to include; breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act, Conspiracy to Defraud, Misconduct in a Public Office at Common Law and Breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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