Brazil police say IOC's Hickey discussed illegal ticket sales

Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:03pm EDT
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By Paulo Prada and Rodrigo Viga Gaier

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police said on Tuesday they had uncovered emails between detained International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Hickey and the British owner of a ticketing company they said masterminded a scheme selling Olympic tickets illegally.

Police told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro that they were also investigating bank documents for evidence of money laundering linked to the illegal ticketing ring.

Hickey, the former top European official at the IOC, was arrested in Brazil last week on charges that he took part in illegal ticket sales for the Rio Games, which ended on Sunday.

Among the communications police said they found between Hickey and executives of THG Sports, an international sports hospitality company, were emails with Marcus Evans, the British businessman whose namesake company controls THG.

In the emails, they said, Hickey and Evans discussed tickets that are at the heart of the investigation into the alleged scheme, which police said the ring planned to sell at inflated prices and earn as much as 10 million reais ($3.09 million) in profit.

"They had numerous contacts," said Aloysio Falcão, one of the police investigators in charge of the case.

At a news conference, police showed printouts of some of the emails, including one in which Hickey consults Evans about tickets and tells him "you can use them all."

Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the emails or reach Evans by telephone or email for comment on Tuesday.   Continued...

Oct 29, 2015; Washington, USA; Patrick Hickey, ANOC senior vice president and president of the European Olympic Committees, poses on the blue carpet prior to the 2015 ANOC Awards at DAR Constitution Hall. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports