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WC ticket fraud

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO - A British World Cup ticketing executive accused of involvement with a scalping network blamed for fraud worth tens of millions of dollars has turned himself in after a manhunt.

Ray Whelan, a director of FIFA partner Match Services, who had left his Rio hotel before police could detain him last Thursday, surrendered to a judge in the city, prosecutor Marcus Kac told AFP.

Police confirmed Whelan, 64, had been detained after turning himself in to examining magistrate Rosita Maria de Oliveira Netto.

Authorities had been looking for Whelan after a judge ordered him and 10 other suspects to be held over a World Cup ticket fraud involving 1000 tickets per match alleged to be worth tens of millions of dollars.

The group allegedly began its activities at the 2002 World Cup.

Match Services AG has provided services to FIFA and World Cup Local Organising Committees since 1994.

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