UPDATE: Investigators slap Reid and company with criminal charges

The Reids cower under a leopard-print blanket as members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency conducted a raid at the St. Andrew home on Wednesday.

Former Education Minister Ruel Reid, his wife Sharen (nee Thomas) and daughter Sharelle are among five persons formally charged by police late Wednesday evening.

The other two accused – Kim Brown, Councillor for the Brown’s Town Division in St. Ann, as well as President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock – spent the night in jail as processing for the first in a series of court hearings are expected to get underway shortly.

Computers and documents were confiscated during the raid.

As the multi-agency probe into allegations of corruption, misuse of public coffers and nepotism continues involving the Ministry of Education and the CMU, investigators disclosed that Reid (and company) were slapped with varying degrees of charges.

Their offenses 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 (POCA).

The Financial Investigations Division (FID) of the Ministry of Finance, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), and the Constabulary Financial Unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (C-TOC) have been tasked with the sweeping probe.

In the wee hours of Wednesday, simultaneous raids were conducted at the residences of all five accused in St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St. Ann.

More updates to come.