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Pat Hickey And Kevin Mallon Could Face Up To 10 Years In Jail If Convicted Of Rio Charges

Pat Hickey And Kevin Mallon Could Face Up To 10 Years In Jail If Convicted Of Rio Charges

Brazilian police have named Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) member Martin Burke as a new suspect in the Olympic ticketing scandal which broke last month.

Mr. Burke is the sports director of the OCI.

Ricardo Barbosa, a detective investigating the case in Rio, said today that police are interested in speaking to Burke after the seizure of an external hard draft in August revealed a file called 'THG Additional Tickets' and that this was believed to be the responsibility of Mr. Burke.

THG was the ticket vendor that the OCI nomimated to work with for the Olympics, though this request was eventually rejected by organisers.

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However, on the 5th of August THG's Dublin finance director Kevin Mallon was arrested in Rio in possession of hundreds of OCI tickets. He was suspected to be planning to tout these extra tickets.

Charges against Mallon, Pat Hickey and several others include ticket touting, fraud, false advertising, money laundering, tax evasion and criminal association. Marcos Kac, the prosecutor, said that those facing charges could be sentenced to between 8 and 10 years in prison if found guilty.

[Irish Times]

John Balfe

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