Police seek arrest of second Irishman over alleged ticket touting in Rio


Rio de Janeiro’s Lay Police will request the help of Interpol to find Evans, 52, Irishman David trick Gilmour, 35, British man Martin Studd, 49 and Dutchman Martin van Os, 45.

On August 5 boys in blue arrested another THG director, Irishman Kevin James Mallon, in Rio. The five are being researched for an alleged €2.9m scam to sell prized tickets to Rio 2016 at up to four in the nick of time b soa face value.

The reclusive Evans is said to be worth £765m (€880m) and owns Ipswich Village FC His firms employ 3,000 people in 23 countries.

Evans was a key role in the scheme and Mallon had his mobile number saved on his phone as ” ul Bruce” (his medial names) and talked to him regularly, police said.

The detective leading the examination for Rio de Janeiro’s Civil Police, Ricardo Barboza de Souza, said: “This is a blueprint THG has been operating for nearly ten years, to sell tickets illegally at astronomically grand prices under the cover of a hospitality scheme.”

Ronaldo Oliveira, the guide of specialist operations at the Civil Police said: “They have done this all terminated the world but we are the only country to have detected this fraud.”

Guard say they believe the strategy goes back the Rugby World Cup in 2007.

On August 5, Kevin James Mallon, a big cheese of THG’s Irish arm, was arrested at a hotel in Barra da Tijuca, near the Olympic Greensward.

Kevin Mallon

Police say they have statements from seven Brazilians who say they purchase hospitality ckages including Olympic tickets from THG Sports for up to £6,000 (€6,900)each.

They had been stored as including a cocktail reception at the Co cabana lace hotel, known as the slenderest hotel in Brazil, but instead the guests were taken to an obscure New Zealand pub miles away and offered “a few snacks,” detective Aloysio Falcão broke.

THG does not have permission to sell Rio 2016 tickets and police were invoked. Mallon’s translator Barbara Zancope Carnieri was also arrested. A court requested the ir detained while police investigated.

The five men are accused of easing touting, which carries a prison sentence of two to four years, connivance, which has a sentence of between one and three, and illegal marketing, which wins a sentence of six months to one year. Police seized 823 high-end tickets from Mallon.

Oversee said the tickets, including for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and top athletics occurrences including the men’s’ 100-metre final, were being sold illegally for up to £6,000 each. One division bought £60,000 worth, all of which were voided after the stalls, police said.

Marcus Evans

Many of the tickets seized by watch were marked as being from the allocation given to Irish Olympic arbiter governments. The Olympic Council of Ireland, which had given reseller rights to THG Entertainments for previous Games, denied any knowledge. Last week, Pro 10 Displays Management, the current official Irish reseller, said THG had been distributing tickets Pro 10 had yesterday sold in Ireland.

Police dismissed this. Barboza said: “All the covenants were done through THG directly. They were the operator of these ticket tradings.

“THG obtained these tickets and then sold them in our territory.”

The the coppers had emails from customers proving this, he said.

“They are the skippers of THG,” he added. “This was how the com ny made money.”

THG Sports was an authorised reseller of tickets for London 2012 and Sochi 2014 but has no such in a beelines for Rio 2016.

In a statement released this evening said they were “hellishly concerned by these charges”.

“We have made absolutely clear that the asseverations made against our colleague, Kevin Mallon, and ourselves are entirely without setting up. Pro 10, the Irish Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR), have also made it unconditionally clear that the tickets held by Kevin were on behalf of the Irish ATR and were controlled for collection by Pro 10 clients in Rio.”

The com ny said having tickets on the cause for collection is standard practice for an ATR during games time.

“As has been restated on several occasions, including to Rocog, the Irish Olympic Committee, Irish guidance officials and to the Irish public and media, at no time did Kevin Mallon give away or seek to sell tickets for the Rio Olympic games.

“The tickets that he grasped were authorised tickets held on behalf of clients of the Authorised Ticket Reseller and he was ordinance as the collection point for the Authorised ticket resellers’ customers. It is our understanding that all of these tickets are over persuaded by the ATR at face value plus the mark ups allowed under the agreements with ROCOG.

“Our Brazilian mouthpieces have advised us that there is no evidence to support these complaints, as indeed there is not, and we shall be vigorously defending all charges that sire been brought.

“It appears that Rocog and the local authorities procure an agenda to impede the legitimate activities of THG in order to support the activities of their locally approved sociability provider.”

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