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Olympic ticket Mafia has laundered R$364 million, allege Rio police

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The travails of Messrs Hickey and Mallon in Rio have our attention because they are Irish, and as the tickets allegedly sold in Rio were sold by the OCI. Looking at the main Brazilian paper, O Globo (The World), they have a story today that suggests a much wider scope.

Máfia dos ingressos da Olimpíada lavou R$ 364 milhões - Jornal O Globo

It could be that Hickey and Mallon are small fry in a world-wide criminal conspiracy, or "Mafia", that the Brazilians are saying involves 45 miscreant companies out of 52 that they know of. The unknown elements are: who else was involved, and could they include other members of the main IOC? At worst, this could become another FIFA-type saga. Thomas Bach, the German president of the IOC, will be interviewed shortly about the content of his emails and texts to and from Pat Hickey.

O Globo also says that the police allege that some of the tickets found with Mr Mallon were forgeries.

The Brazilians are realistic that they can't amass all the overseas info, but will release what they know in hopes that other states will levy taxes that might be due. Presumably this comes from emails, and may not qualify as evidence in some countries. Touting is illegal in Brazil, and exporting undeclared profits is money laundering.

In English:

Headline: Olympics Ticket Mafia laundered R$ [Reais] 364 million; Police suspect that 45 companies were established to serve as a facade for the group's members.

by Antônio Werneck 6 Sept 8:29.

RIO - documents and digital files seized by the Civil Police in Rio from the Irishmen Kevin James Mallon and Patrick Hickey, accused of illegal sales of Olympic tickets, show that companies served as a facade to wash over €100 million (R $ 364, 7 million) over nine years. They were built around the THG (The Hospitality Group) Sports, controlled by British Marcus Evans - who had the prison ordered by involvement with the mafia of tickets and is on the run. Just in Rio, the illegal sale of packages for the Games earned this group around R$ 10 million.

The discovery came after experts and police accessed digital files and passwords collected from Mallon and Hickey, President of the Olympic Committee of Ireland. The Civil Police said on Monday [5th] that Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will be called to testify in the case. He will have to explain his relationship with Hickey - from November 2014 to July 2016, the two exchanged more than 65 messages, including e-mails and SMS.

In all, 52 companies were specially arranged to operate in major events such as football tournaments (World Cup and European Championships) and Olympic Games. In seven of them, there is no apparent illegality. THG is one of the largest companies in ticket sales and sports of the world hosting packages.

"We identified 45 companies, apparently to serve only as a facade and launder money obtained illegally", said deputy Aloysio Falcão, of the Fraud Bureau and the police's Major Events Unit [Delegacia de Defraudações e do Núcleo de Apoio aos Grandes Eventos].

The companies are registered in Brazil, Europe, the United States and Asia. They have similar names, and although listed as owned by Marcus Evans, are held on behalf of others. In Rio, for the Olympics and the World Cup, Marcus Evans Brazil Ltda. operated. Information obtained by the local police was transferred to the Federal Police and the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) of the Ministry of Finance, the financial intelligence unit of the country.

"We cannot investigate this group outside the country, but we can assist the financial authorities of the other countries with relevant information. It is possible that we may reveal other avenues of research, with the help of the Federal Police and the COAF", said deputy Ronaldo Oliveira, director of the Special Police Department.

Called to give evidence to the police on Monday , the Irish entrepreneur Kevin James Mallon, director of THG - that sold tickets for the Olympics opening ceremony for more than US$ 8000 (about R$ 26,100) - said he would only speak in court. Mallon was arrested on August 5, the opening day of the Rio Games, with 32 fake tickets and is charged with criminal association and facilitating cambismo [ticket touting]. Today, the civil police will interview Patrick Hickey. He was also arrested and, like Mallon, secured permission to leave remand prison. The passports of the two were seized.

NINE people will be indicted:

The [police] delegate Ricardo Barboza, running the Fraud Squad and also supporting the Major Events Unit, revealed that the investigation will be finished on Thursday [8th] and sent to the Court of Rio. Nine people will be indicted, among them both the Irishmen and British Marcus Evans.

"The fact Mallon has not spoken does not hinder our investigations. The police have other ways to investigate this case without necessarily relying on the collaboration of the accused. Already we [have] gathered a good amount of evidence."

Besides fake tickets, Mallon is accused of selling official tickets for higher than face value, which defines cambismo. Hickey was arrested in a hotel in Barra da Tijuca. He is president of the Irish committee since 1989.

(Infoglobo)
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This is a poker game with all to play for, in terms of what the police know and what they can prove in court. Our media haven't yet understood the larger scope of 45 companies, and would shy away from the word Mafia; they are only concerned with 2 Irishmen on remand.

There must have been a little misunderstanding somewhere along the line.

Prosecutor formally lays Olympic ticket charges - RTÉ News
 


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Stringjack will be going mad. This is very unfair of the Brazilian media and police authorities to go around actually collating evidence, laying charges including the sale of forged tickets as well as illegal markups on tickets under Brazilian law in the legal jurisdiction of Brazil.

Have these people no respect or interest at all in the law as it stands in Ireland which means you have to have someone buck naked in a bath of money on film screaming 'I f*cked them all ha ha, f*cked them all' before any suggestion can be made of wrongdoing?

Politics.ie might have to issue the entire nation of Brazil with a one week ban.
 

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Pat Hickey is not small fry. He is a main player in the European Olympic council.
 

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It sounds like the term the Fans Are Idiots is relevant to many sports.

Why do people pay for such a screwing ?

It is like voting for the maFFia greens & ponzi democrats, after the drunken cabinet bankrupted the state.
 

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Quite apart from the current imbroglio down in Rio I do think that there should be term limits to boardroom seats at organisations in receipt of public funding in Ireland.

It isn't a healthy thing in terms of governance even in the normal run of events to have people effectively running personal fiefdoms for decades and involving friends and family one way or another in the business of such organisations.

Term limits would also put a stop to this notion of directors benchmarking each other for 'top-ups' which are in reality a method of looting organisations for large sums of money with little justification available.
 

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I'd say Stringjack is sweating away through the Brazilian phone book trying to find a way to PM them all to warn them all about not saying or writing anything that could be deemed legally difficult in Ireland.
 

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The travails of Messrs Hickey and Mallon in Rio have our attention because they are Irish, and as the tickets allegedly sold in Rio were sold by the OCI. Looking at the main Brazilian paper, O Globo (The World), they have a story today that suggests a much wider scope.

Máfia dos ingressos da Olimpíada lavou R$ 364 milhões - Jornal O Globo

It could be that Hickey and Mallon are small fry in a world-wide criminal conspiracy, or "Mafia", that the Brazilians are saying involves 45 miscreant companies out of 52 that they know of. The unknown elements are: who else was involved, and could they include other members of the main IOC? At worst, this could become another FIFA-type saga. Thomas Bach, the German president of the IOC, will be interviewed shortly about the content of his emails and texts to and from Pat Hickey.

O Globo also says that the police allege that some of the tickets found with Mr Mallon were forgeries.

The Brazilians are realistic that they can't amass all the overseas info, but will release what they know in hopes that other states will levy taxes that might be due. Presumably this comes from emails, and may not qualify as evidence in some countries. Touting is illegal in Brazil, and exporting undeclared profits is money laundering.

In English:

Headline: Olympics Ticket Mafia laundered R$ [Reais] 364 million; Police suspect that 45 companies were established to serve as a facade for the group's members.

by Antônio Werneck 6 Sept 8:29.

RIO - documents and digital files seized by the Civil Police in Rio from the Irishmen Kevin James Mallon and Patrick Hickey, accused of illegal sales of Olympic tickets, show that companies served as a facade to wash over €100 million (R $ 364, 7 million) over nine years. They were built around the THG (The Hospitality Group) Sports, controlled by British Marcus Evans - who had the prison ordered by involvement with the mafia of tickets and is on the run. Just in Rio, the illegal sale of packages for the Games earned this group around R$ 10 million.

The discovery came after experts and police accessed digital files and passwords collected from Mallon and Hickey, President of the Olympic Committee of Ireland. The Civil Police said on Monday [5th] that Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will be called to testify in the case. He will have to explain his relationship with Hickey - from November 2014 to July 2016, the two exchanged more than 65 messages, including e-mails and SMS.

In all, 52 companies were specially arranged to operate in major events such as football tournaments (World Cup and European Championships) and Olympic Games. In seven of them, there is no apparent illegality. THG is one of the largest companies in ticket sales and sports of the world hosting packages.

"We identified 45 companies, apparently to serve only as a facade and launder money obtained illegally", said deputy Aloysio Falcão, of the Fraud Bureau and the police's Major Events Unit [Delegacia de Defraudações e do Núcleo de Apoio aos Grandes Eventos].

The companies are registered in Brazil, Europe, the United States and Asia. They have similar names, and although listed as owned by Marcus Evans, are held on behalf of others. In Rio, for the Olympics and the World Cup, Marcus Evans Brazil Ltda. operated. Information obtained by the local police was transferred to the Federal Police and the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) of the Ministry of Finance, the financial intelligence unit of the country.

"We cannot investigate this group outside the country, but we can assist the financial authorities of the other countries with relevant information. It is possible that we may reveal other avenues of research, with the help of the Federal Police and the COAF", said deputy Ronaldo Oliveira, director of the Special Police Department.

Called to give evidence to the police on Monday , the Irish entrepreneur Kevin James Mallon, director of THG - that sold tickets for the Olympics opening ceremony for more than US$ 8000 (about R$ 26,100) - said he would only speak in court. Mallon was arrested on August 5, the opening day of the Rio Games, with 32 fake tickets and is charged with criminal association and facilitating cambismo [ticket touting]. Today, the civil police will interview Patrick Hickey. He was also arrested and, like Mallon, secured permission to leave remand prison. The passports of the two were seized.

NINE people will be indicted:

The [police] delegate Ricardo Barboza, running the Fraud Squad and also supporting the Major Events Unit, revealed that the investigation will be finished on Thursday [8th] and sent to the Court of Rio. Nine people will be indicted, among them both the Irishmen and British Marcus Evans.

"The fact Mallon has not spoken does not hinder our investigations. The police have other ways to investigate this case without necessarily relying on the collaboration of the accused. Already we [have] gathered a good amount of evidence."

Besides fake tickets, Mallon is accused of selling official tickets for higher than face value, which defines cambismo. Hickey was arrested in a hotel in Barra da Tijuca. He is president of the Irish committee since 1989.

(Infoglobo)
......


This is a poker game with all to play for, in terms of what the police know and what they can prove in court. Our media haven't yet understood the larger scope of 45 companies, and would shy away from the word Mafia; they are only concerned with 2 Irishmen on remand.

There must have been a little misunderstanding somewhere along the line.

Prosecutor formally lays Olympic ticket charges - RTÉ News
IOC sporting decisions and IOC commercial decisions, appear to be discredited.

I'm allowed to say this?
 

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IOC sporting decisions and IOC commercial decisions, appear to be discredited.

I'm allowed to say this?
Am I allowed to repeat the view that this whole ticketing scandal goes a lot deeper than it would first appear on the surface? This report would seem to indicate that there may be some foundation in that opinion. I was thread banned for saying it before, perhaps SJ might take up to a whole ten minutes before excluding me from the thread, P.ie. maybe even life itself!

In those immortal words - "I am just going outside and may be some time." Captain Lawrence Oates
 

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IOC sporting decisions and IOC commercial decisions, appear to be discredited.

I'm allowed to say this?

There are 4 possible realities:

1. Other IOC high-ups are doing this as well. However if THG is the centre, it was not allowed by the IOC to sell Irish tickets in Rio, so this seems less likely.

2. It turns around Evans and Hickey, and Hickey is due a windfall somewhere sometime.

3. Evans is keeping tight control and will find reasons to shaft his partners, somewhere sometime.

4. None of the above. Conspiracy theorists are working overtime, and a friendly, helpful, outgoing 71-year-old with serious health problems has been charged for something that was happening around him, of which he knew nothing.
 

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Pat Hickey is not small fry. He is a main player in the European Olympic council.
He's the president and he made sure that russia wasn't banned

https://www.olympic.org/mr-patrick-joseph-hickey

Honorary Life President of the Irish Judo Association; President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (1989-); Chef de Mission at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in 1988 in Seoul and at the Games of the XXV Olympiad in 1992 Barcelona; Vice-President (1997-2001), Secretary General (2001-2006) then President (2006-) of the European Olympic Committees (EOC); Member of the Executive Council of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) (1994-); Senior Vice-President of the ANOC (2006-)
 

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An update on Antonio Werneck's initial O Globo report in the OP contains further information on the money laundering focus of the Brazilian police investigation.
Werneck further reports that documents ,digital files,and matter related to Marcus Evan's THG were seized by Brazilian police in a hotel room search of an Irish Olympic Committee executive


Coaf identifica movimentação atípica em contas usadas por envolvidos na máfia dos ingressos - Jornal O Globo

COAF identifies atypical movements in accounts used by the mafia involved in tickets (translation)

Technical Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF), a financial intelligence unit of the Ministry of Finance, and police officers investigating the mafia of tickets that served in the Rio Games, identified atypical financial transactions in two accounts opened in the country Bank of Brazil and used by the group. According to analyzes of COAF, they would have moved in six months about R $ 10 million. The money was obtained in part with the illegal sale of tickets and hospitality packages for VIP clients who came to Rio to watch competitions at the Olympics.
The report Coaf and analysis of documents and digital files seized from the Irish Kevin James Mallon and Patrick Hickey, illegal sale of charged tickets to the Olympics, led to the Civil Police to introduce a new survey. This time the crime will be investigated is that of money laundering (crime against the national financial system). As revealed in The GLOBE edition of Tuesday, the police found that companies served as a facade to wash over € 100 million (R $ 364.7 million) in nine years.
 
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An update on Antonio Werneck's initial O Globo report in the OP contains further information on the money laundering focus of the Brazilian police investigation.
Werneck further reports that documents ,digital files,and matter related to Marcus Evan's THG were seized by Brazilian police in a hotel room search of an Irish Olympic Committee executive


Coaf identifica movimentação atípica em contas usadas por envolvidos na máfia dos ingressos - Jornal O Globo

COAF identifies atypical movements in accounts used by the mafia involved in tickets (translation)

A real money trail for them to follow.
 

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