RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rio de Janeiro authorities have issued an arrest warrant for an International Olympic Committee executive accused of scalping tickets for the Summer Games.
Police said Wednesday that Patrick Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Rio Olympics. Hickey has been part of the IOC executive board since 2012 and is president of both the Olympic Council of Ireland and of the European Olympic Committees.
An Irish executive was arrested last week in the same investigation and four other executives are wanted in the probe.
Agents have seized more than 1,000 tickets being sold for high fees and allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland. The company suspected is British hospitality provider THG Sports, which police say was also part of an alleged ticket-scalping scheme during the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil also hosted.