Two top-ranking police officials have confirmed that Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald is being questioned by police.
The officers, who asked not to be identified, said police detained her for questioning this morning.
Reliable sources confirmed the investigation relates to the distribution of over a million dollars to three organisations from he Public Administration Ministry but the funds were never used for that purpose.
Senior Superintendent Totaram Dookhie, who was the former head of the Fraud Squad Unit and is now at the helm of the Professional Standards Bureau, led the operation this morning.
Police have continued their investigation into the Calabar Foundation matter in which McDonald allegedly arranged for her partner to receive an HDC home in Fidelis Heights, St. Augustine back in 2008.
Police were also investigating concerns raised about nearly $600,000 paid out by the Ministry of Community Development while McDonald led that ministry under the Patrick Manning government.
McDonald was removed from the Cabinet in the middle of the controversy, then re- appointed in 2017. She was swiftly fired after Sea Lots resident Cedric "Burkie" Burke attender her swearing-in ceremony as her invited guest at President's House unannounced.
McDonald is a senior Cabinet minister and MP for Port-of-Spain South, which encompasses East Port-of-Spain, Sea Lots and other crime hot-spot communities.