Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Irish Ioc Official Arrested for Scalping Sent to Hospital

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Irish Ioc Official Arrested for Scalping Sent to Hospital

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A senior Olympic executive from Ireland was arrested and taken to the hospital Wednesday after police raided his beachfront hotel as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of tickets.

Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, was accused of plotting with at least nine others to sell tickets above face value in a scheme that authorities say netted about $3 million in profits.

Police went to his hotel in the upscale Barra da Tijuca to arrest Hickey, 71,who fell ill and was taken to a local hospital.

Ireland's national Olympic committee said Hickey was admitted to Samaratino Hospital "for investigation of chest pain" and was in stable condition.

"Mr. Hickey will of course continue to cooperate and assist with all ongoing inquiries," the Irish body said. …

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