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UPDATE: Ruel Reid, Fritz Pinnock and other co-accused granted bail

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2019 | 12:17 PM
CMU President Professor Fritz Pinnock (left) and former education minister Ruel Reid heading for court on October 10, 2019 - Ricardo Makyn photo

Former education minister Ruel Reid and his co-accused were offered bail when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today.

Reid was granted $3 million bail; his wife Sharen was granted $1 million bail; and their daughter Sharelle was granted bail in the sum of $500,000.

All three were ordered to report to Matilda’s Corner Police Station in St Andrew on Wednesdays and Saturdays and must not be seen at the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Maritime University.

They were also ordered to surrender their travel documents and stop orders were imposed by the court.

Similar restrictions were imposed on co-accused Professor Fritz Pinnock, president of the CMU, who was granted $2 million bail and Councillor for the Brown's Town Division Kim Brown Lawrence, who was offered $1million.

Pinnock is to report to the Greater Portmore Police while Brown Lawrence was ordered to report to the Brown’s Town Police.

The prosecution did not oppose bail.

They are to return to court on January 23, 2020. 

The five accused were arrested yesterday during pre-dawn operations at their homes in St Andrew, St Catherine, and St Ann.

READ: 50m reasons why - Reid, Pinnock, three others charged in Ministry, CMU fraud

Investigators indicated that the arrests followed a probe into allegations of corruption, fraud, and misappropriation of public funds in a multimillion-dollar corruption and fraud scheme perpetrated at the Ministry of Education, the CMU, and other government entities falling under the portfolio responsibility of Reid.

THE CHARGES
Ruel Reid
Age: 53
Occupation: Career educator
Charges:
- Possession of Criminal Property
- Conspiracy to defraud
- Engaged in transactions involving criminal property
- Misconduct in a public office
- Corruption
Bail: $3 million

Professor Fritz Pinnock
Age: 55
Occupation: President of the Caribbean Maritime University
Charges:
- Conspiracy to defraud
- Engaging in transactions involving criminal property
- Misconduct in a public office
- Corruption
Bail: $2 million

Sharen Reid
Age: 49
Occupation: Paralegal/Director of Legal Affairs at the Caribbean Maritime University
Charges:
- Possession of criminal property
- Conspiracy to defraud
Bail: $1 million

Sharelle Reid
Age: 24
Occupation: Intern at Kingston Wharves Limited
Charges:
- Conspiracy to defraud
- Possession of criminal property
Bail: $500,000

Name: Kim Brown Lawrence
Age: 40
Occupation: Councillor, Brown's Town Division, St Ann
Charges:
- Possession of criminal property
- Conspiracy to defraud
Bail: $1 million

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