Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme

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A hospitality company director is being considered a fugitive after fleeing from Brazilian police for his alleged involvement in a World Cup ticket scalping scheme. (July 11)

SHOTLIST:

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Rio de Janeiro - July 10, 2014

1. Wide of Copacabana Palace hotel with police surrounding

AP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 7, 2014

2. Still of Ray Whelan arriving at police station for first arrest

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Rio de Janeiro - July 10, 2014

3. Mid, zoom in on group of fans showing tickets to police

4. Mid of police car arriving at hotel

5. Mid of fan holding sign that reads "we want tickets", cut to close of sign

6. Wide of fans arriving at stadium

7. Close of lead investigator

8. Mid of FIFA world cup signage

9. Wide of fans taking photos outside stadium

10. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Fabio Barucke, police investigator leading scalping case (Transcript Below)

11. Mid of investigator on couch

12. Wide of FIFA officials at presser

13. Mid of FIFA officials at pressre

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Delia Fischer, FIFA Spokesperson (Transcript Below)

15. Wide of world cup stadium

16. Mid of fans showing tickets to police

17. Mid of fan holding sign that reads "we need 2 tickets"

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

A WORLD CUP HOSPITALITY DIRECTOR HAS BEEN DECLARED A FUGITIVE BY BRAZILIAN POLICE FOR HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN A TICKET SCALPING SCHEME .

POLICE ACCUSE RAY WHELAN, OF THE MATCH GROUP, AS BEING THE MAIN SOURCE OF WORLD CUP TICKETS THAT WERE SOLD TO AN ALGERIAN NATIONAL THEY CONSIDER TO BE THE BIGGEST SCALPER OF TICKETS FOR THE MATCH.

WHELAN FLED HIS HOTEL ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED TO RE-ARREST HIM.

INVESTIGATORS TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT POLICE THEY HAVE 50 THOUSAND RECORDED PHONE CALLS BETWEEN SUSPECTED SCALPERS IN RIO ALONE...ABOUT 900 OF THOSE CALLS WERE BETWEEN WHELAN AND THE ALGERIAN NATIONAL.

A LEAD INVESTIGATOR TOLD THE AP THAT FIFA IS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF SCALPING BECAUSE IT DISTRIBUTES A GREATER PORTION OF ITS TICKETS TO ITS MEMBERS THAN WHAT IT SELLS TO DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC.

(NATS OF SOUNDBITE)

THE INVESTIGATOR ADDED THAT INSIDE THE COPACABANA PALACE HOTEL, THEY HAVE INFORMATION THAT IT WAS A VERITABLE MARKET FOR SCALPING.

HE SAID HE'S CONFIDENT HIS INVESTIGATION WILL REVEAL THAT FIFA OFFICIALS AND AUTHORITIES FROM BRAZIL'S NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION ALSO FUNNELED TICKETS TO KNOWN SCALPERS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Delia Fischer, FIFA Spokesperson

FIFA remains cooperative with any investigation to protect the interests of fans that ensures the integrity of the FIFA World Cup, as such FIFA also expects that the law is applied accordingly in case of any wrongdoing."

THE MATCH GROUP HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT WHELAN AND THE ALGERIAN--LAMINE FOFANA--DISCUSSED CASH SALES OF FINAL TICKETS FOR 25-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. BUT THEY SAY THOSE WERE PACKAGES THAT INCLUDED NOT JUST TICKETS BUT VIP SERVICES, HENCE THE HIGH PRICE.

EMILY ROSEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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