Rio ticket deal may have breached crim­i­nal law – ODCE chief

Irish Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Doyle

THE Olympic tick­et­ing ar­range­ment in­volv­ing THG and Pro10 may have breached crim­i­nal law, the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Cor­po­rate En­force­ment said.

In a lengthy anal­y­sis of the Mo­ran Re­port into the Rio ticket fi­asco, the ODCE’s di­rec­tor Ian Dren­nan says it may be the case that those op­er­at­ing the ar­range­ment made a gain by de­ceiv­ing the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) or Rio or­gan­is­ers.

The Mo­ran Re­port found that THG was re­jected as an au­tho­rised ticket re­seller (ATR) for the Olympic Coun­cil of Ire­land ahead of the Rio Games be­cause of­fi­cials in Brazil sus­pected it planned to hold unau­tho­rised hos­pi­tal­ity events. The con­tract sub­se­quently went to Pro10, which Judge Car­roll Mo­ran said was ef­fec­tively a front for THG.

The Oireach­tas Com­mit­tee on Sport asked the ODCE to re­view the Mo­ran Re­port with a view to in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether any cor­po­rate laws were bro­ken. In a sub­mis­sion, seen by the

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Mr Dren­nan said the sec­tions of the re­port deal­ing with THG and Pro10 are “the most se­ri­ous as­pects”.

He sug­gests the com­mit­tee may wish to con­sider the re­port in the con­text of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice (Theft and Fraud Of­fences) Act 2001, which deals with de­cep­tion.

Mr Dren­nan wrote it is not within the ODCE’s re­mit to in­ves­ti­gate a crim­i­nal of­fence. He added it is not clear where such an of­fence might have oc­curred.

The ODCE also con­sid­ered the an­nual €60,000 hon­o­rar­ium paid to for­mer OCI president Pat Hickey.

Mr Dreenan noted that the pay­ments, which started in 2010, were prop­erly re­flected in the OCI’s fi­nan­cial state­ments and all rel­e­vant taxes were paid.

“There would not ap­pear to be ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing a breach of com­pany law,” he said.

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