The former ticket manager for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary has been convicted and sentenced to five years in jail on charges involving early ticket sales in the United States.

A jury of eight men and four women returned the guilty verdict Wednesday against Jim McGregor, 39. He was sentenced later in the day.

McGregor was charged after he sold about 1,200 tickets in the United States through his company, World Tickets Inc.

The charges included two of fraud, two of theft, one count of forgery, one of dealing with a forged document and one of mischief.

During the 11-day trial, the Alberta Queen's Bench court heard evidence that McGregor altered 10,000 Olympic ticket forms so that payment in U.S. dollars went to his company, instead of Olympic organizers.