UPDATE: Ruel Reid, Wife And Fritz Pinnock Among Five Arrested In Corruption Prob

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 8:12 AM

Former Education Minister Ruel Reid and two members of his family are among five people arrested in the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU)-Education Ministry corruption probe.

Law enforcement sources have listed the others arrested as Reid’s wife, Sharen, and their daughter, Sharelle.

President of the Caribbean Maritime University Professor Fritz Pinnock and Brown’s Town Division Councillor Kim Brown Lawrence are the others who have been arrested.

The months-long probe involves the Major Organised Crime Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigation Division (FID) and the Constabulary Financial Unit of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (CTOC).

Reid resigned on March 20 amid the corruption allegations and yesterday, Pinnock was sent on special leave with immediate effect pending the outcome of the probe.

MOCA said, the investigations involve allegations of corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds involving the Ministry of Education and the CMU.

In a statement released a short while ago, MOCA did not name those arrested.

However, it reported that a number of persons were arrested and taken into custody for further questioning.

MOCA said, the investigations involve allegations of corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds relating to the Ministry of Education and the CMU.

Law enforcement officers swooped down on Reid’s St Andrew house at 5 o’clock this morning, the same time they arrived at Pinnock’s Hellshire home in Portmore, St Catherine in unmarked vehicles.

They also went to the St Ann houses of Brown Lawrence and former St Ann North West Member of Parliament and CMU consultant Othneil Lawrence.

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