“They made a deal with the Chinese tour operator on behalf of a Moscow-based company on World Cup tickets sales. According to the deal, the fraudsters were responsible for booking [the tickets]. From February to April 2018, a large amount of money, at least $1.1 million, has been transferred from the operator’s account to the accounts of the fraudsters in Moscow,” the source said.
According to the source, a criminal investigation into the matter has been opened.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is taking place in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15. According to FIFA, over 2.4 million tickets to the games of the tournament were sold before the start of the World Cup.