Two employees from a British company have been arrested by Brazilian police after being found with more than 1,000 tickets they were attempting to sell on the black market.
Authorities announced on Monday that Irishman Kevin James Mallon and Brazilian Barbara Carniero have each been arrested after being caught with tickets thought to have a collective worth of up to $10 million (£7.5 million/€9 million).
Both are employees of THG Sports, a London-based company whose chief executive James Sinton was arrested for “unlawful action” during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
It is thought that a raid was carried out late last week, during which over 780 tickets were recovered.
Some of these were official Irish ones.
Mallon was booked for conspiracy charges and for helping sell tickets illegally.
Carniero was hired as an interpreter by the company three months ago.
Opening Ceremony tickets were being sold for as much as $8,000 (£6,000,€7,600), officials said, meaning that this could have added up to the $10 million total.
THG Sports were the Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for Ireland at London 2012 and Sochi 2014.
“We are paying attention, our job is to monitor everything about tickets,” said Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada.
“We’ll find out if they [THG] have a business relationship with the [Rio 2016 Organising} Committee and will respond later.
“The information we have from the police is that it is a group of São Paulo with a credit card.
THG Sports, founded in 1983, have 69 offices worldwide and organise ticket sales for more than 350 sporting events each year.
They are owned by the Marcus Evans Group, whose sporting interests also include English Championship club Ipswich Town