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UPDATE: Reid, Pinnock and 3 others charged with corruption, fraud

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former Education Minister Ruel Reid, his wife Sharen and their daughter Sharell along with Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) president Fritz Pinnock and Councillor of the Brown's Town Division, Kim Brown-Lawrence have been slapped with multiple criminal charges.

The five were arrested this morning following simultaneous police operations as part of a probe into allegations of corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds involving the Ministry of Education and the CMU.

While in police custody, they were interviewed in the presence of their attorneys.

The police said upon completion of the interview process, Reid and his co-accused were charged with various illegal acts, to include breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act (CPA), conspiracy to defraud, misconduct in a public office at common law and breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

The individuals have been remanded in custody and will be placed before the Courts at the earliest possible time, said the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency.

Enquiries into the matter are ongoing.

More information later.

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