Ruel Reid/CMU Money Scandal Deepens: Was His Driver Providing Catering Services To The University?

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The Ruel Reid CMU Money scandal is deepening.

It emerged today that another connected person to Reid is now facing scrutiny for allegedly providing catering services to the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU.

Today, a member of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee, PAAC, the PNP’s Mikael Phillips, questioned whether, a Devon McQueen, was contracted to provide meals for the Career Advancement Programme – Youth Empowerment Services, CAP-YES programme.

Mr. Phillips also asked whether McQueen was employed as Ruel Reid’s driver.

He was joined in his questioning by another PAAC member, Fitz Jackson.

PAAC Members Fitz Jackson and Mikael Phillips.

Mr. Phillips is also asking if the Hydel Group of Schools have benefited from the CAP-YES.

The Chairman of the Council of CMU is Hyacinth Bennett, who’s also the founder and head of the Hydel Group of Schools.

Mikael Phillips, PAAC Member.

And the acting Principal of Jamaica College, Wayne Robinson, has confirmed that Devon McQueen is an employee of the Old Hope Road-based high school.

A reluctant Mr Robinson told our news centre this afternoon that this was a sensitive matter.

Checks by Nationwide News this afternoon with the school’s website revealed that Devon McQueen is employed to Jamaica College in security.

Mr. McQueen’s name and photo appear on Jamaica College’s website.

The acting Principal says Mr. McQueen has been working with Jamaica College for several years.

The JC acting Principal also confirmed that Mr. McQueen has worked directly with the sacked Education Minister, Ruel Reid.

Wayne Robinson, Acting Principal of Jamaica College, speaking with Nationwide’s Cliff Hughes.

He also told our news centre that Ruel Reid is still officially the Principal of Jamaica College and remains on special leave.

Ruel Reid was Principal of JC for 10-years, between 2006 and 2016, when he was seconded to the government as a member of Andrew Holness’ Cabinet as Education Minister.

He was sacked by Prime Minister Holness on March 20 this year, amid allegations of corruption against him.

With today’s revelations, McQueen is the second Jamaica College employee to be enmeshed in the deepening scandal engulfing the former Education Minister and JC Principal.

Three weeks ago it was revealed that another JC employee, Doreen Miller, had a bank account opened in her name, allegedly by a member of Ruel Reid’s family.

Millions of dollars was lodged to the account from the consultancy fees that were paid to a Gail Dunwell-Campbell by Caribbean Maritime University.

Dunwell-Campbell was hired by CMU to raise funds in the diaspora.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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