Dan Tan: The elusive king of fixers?

Dan Tan: The elusive king of fixers?
Dan Tan Seet Eng had been on the wanted lists of Interpol and Europol for several months.

SINGAPORE - A secondary school dropout who allegedly went on to head an international match-fixing syndicate, manipulating the results of more than 150 football matches across four continents.

He may be an average Joe to his friends, but Tan Seet Eng - also known as Dan Tan - led a more-than-average life, running a global match-fixing syndicate since 2009 at least.

He avoided capture until Tuesday, when he was among 14 Singaporeans nabbed on suspicion of being part of an organised group of match-fixers in an islandwide crackdown.

He is believed to have been just as elusive in managing his gang of match-fixing associates.

According to an insider, to avoid detection, he directed an associate to fix football matches in Switzerland from the Malaysian town of Penang.

He also reportedly avoids fixing S-League games, which are closely watched by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, for the same reason.

Nicknamed "Ah Blur" by close associates for his unaffected nature, the 48-year-old Tan met buddies at neighbourhood coffee shops even after his name was brought up by Italian authorities two years ago.

Tan - who was also fingered by Interpol and Europol earlier this year - dressed simply in T-shirt and jeans, and was said to be a salaried employee in a local company.

Apart from his frequent travels across the globe, he displayed no trappings of wealth, refusing to flash jewellery or even an expensive watch.

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