The head of Rio’s civil police fraud unit, Ricardo Barboza de Souza, made the claim yesterday after confirming his force has sought help from Interpol.
Speaking in Brazil, Mr de Souza said he believed the alleged financial trail could be followed with the support of international police forces and that it is one avenue Rio authorities are now seeking to examine.
He said the claims are based on evidence compiled by his force, which has been investigating the issue since 2014, and that the allegations need to be properly checked.
“We will have to co-operate with Interpol and other organisations to find out where the money went. We have evidence. We have contracts, testimonies. We have bank transfers.”
The comment has raised fresh questions over the scale of the alleged ticket touting scandal. However, all parties involved in the affair have at all times insisted they are completely innocent of any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, the company which won the contract to resell the OCI’s Rio Olympics tickets has said there is nothing untoward in news it registered a website in Brazil before winning the licence.
Reports yesterday said Michael Glynn, a director of the Dublin-based Pro10 firm — which was incorporated on May 20, 2015, by KMEPRO Ltd, which was only founded on April 28, 2015 — registered www.Pro10Rio2016.com in its name on September 3, 2015.
This was before the company was awarded the contract to resell tickets that November.
In a statement to the Irish Examiner, a Pro10 spokesperson said the move was simply a standard step taken by any company as part of planned contract awards.
“Pro10 registered the domain name to ensure they could secure it as this was a natural preparatory step in case Pro10’s application for Irish ATR [authorised ticket reseller] was successful,” he said.