FILE - This May 20, 2016 file photo shows the presentation of the new design of Olympic tickets at Rio Olympic headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic organizers say they want to return about $3 million in ticket refunds to people who returned th
Felipe Dana, File
November 23, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro are trying to hand over almost $3 million in ticket refund payments due to 13,000 people.

One big problem. They can't find them.

Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada tells The Associated Press ''we are hunting after people. We have the money, but don't know how to get it to them.''

Andrada says 140,000 people returned Olympic and Paralympic tickets for resale with a value of 80 million Brazilian reals ($23.5 million). He says the official returns were offered in order to keep tickets away from scalpers.

About 90 percent have been reimbursed. But Andrada says incorrect bank details and incorrect credit card numbers are hampering the remaining refunds, which are due mostly to Brazilians.

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