6pm UPDATE: The latest report reaching our newscenter is that Reid and co-accused will remain in custody until tomorrow morning.
5pm: We begin with today’s dramatic pre-dawn raids on the homes of what MOCA is calling the main targets in the multi-million dollar Education Ministry CMU scandal.
Multiple criminal charges were this afternoon filed against all five suspects picked up in the raids.
The fired Education Minister, Ruel Reid, his wife and a daughter, President of the Caribbean Maritime University, Professor Fritz Pinnock, and JLP Councilllor for the Brown’s Town Division in North West St. Ann, Kim Brown Lawrence.
Abka Fitz-Henley reports on the latest developments in the corruption scandal which has the country buzzing.
Among the crimes Reid is accused of committing are breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act, POCA.
The former Education Minister has also been charged with conspiracy to defraud.
Similar charges were also laid on Reid’s wife, Sharen, his daughter Sharelle and Professor Pinnock.
Councillor Brown Lawrence is accused of conspiracy to defraud and possession of criminal property.
All five were charged this afternoon by investigators at MOCA and the Financial Investigations Division, FID.
Pinnock, Reid, his wife and daughter, were charged just after 4:00pm and are in the custody of FID investigators.
Brown Lawrence is being held at this hour at the Central Police Station.
All five are to appear in court later this week.
It’s not immediately clear whether they’ll remain in jail tonight.
FID Head, Robin Sykes, says a belief by investigators that they have an airtight case led them to detain Reid and his co-accused in a pre- dawn operation today.
Mr. Sykes confirmed a Nationwide News report this morning that the FID may seek to obtain a fiat from the DPP to hire attorneys to prosecute the case.
The FID boss was speaking on Cliff Hughes Online today.
On March 20 this year, Nationwide News first revealed that Reid was fired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness from the Cabinet.
He was sacked amidst allegations of corruption at the CMU.