Ipswich owner wanted in Brazil for Olympics ticket touting

Picture of a business id card belonging to one of the directors of THG Sports, ...
Picture of a business id card belonging to one of the directors of THG Sports, a company of international business events and information group Marcus Evans, Irish Kevin James Mallon, displayed during a press conference at the City Police's station in Benfica, north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 8, 2016 three days after his arrest for selling tickets of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Kevin James Mallon was arrested in Rio on August 5 for illegally re-selling Olympic Games' tickets at very high prices, while about 10 Brazilians were arrested for re-selling tickets bought with cloned credit cards.


Brazilian police said they have requested arrest warrants for the owner of Ipswich Town football club and three other sports executives over allegations they illegally resold Olympics tickets at sky-high prices.

Ipswich owner Marcus Evans is accused of participating in a scheme by British firm THG to illegally resell tickets to the Rio Games at a steep mark-up in the form of VIP packages.

Irish national Kevin James Mallon, a director at THG, was already arrested in the case a week ago.

Besides British national Evans, the latest batch of accused includes an Irishman, a Dutchman and a second Briton, said inspector Ricardo Barbosa of the police anti-fraud unit.

“We have asked the courts to issue four additional arrest warrants,” he told a press conference.

“Since (the suspects) are apparently not in Brazil, Interpol will receive their arrest warrants.”

He called Evans a “multi-millionaire” who has had more than 50 companies registered to him, including TV stations and English Championship side Ipswich.

Chief investigator Aloysio Falcao said Evans was authorized to sell official tickets for the London Olympics in 2012.

“But today, in 2016, he is not authorized. To hide that fact, he sold them in ticket-plus-hotel packages, VIP packages, to make a lot more money on the ticket,” he said.

THG also ran into trouble with the Brazilian authorities during the 2014 World Cup.

Its manager, James Sinton, was arrested at a Rio de Janeiro hotel on charges of illegally reselling tickets through a similar VIP scheme.

The Briton paid a fine and promptly left the country.

For the Olympics, police said THG was offering tickets for the opening ceremony for $8,000, when the highest official ticket price was $1,300.

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