Cremona's chief investigator, Mr Sergio Lo Presti, previously told TNP that an Interpol arrest warrant has been issued for the Singaporean.

Explaining Tan's significance to investigations, a Fifa investigator, who wanted to be known only as John, said: "Although there have been significant arrests, we believe that match-fixing will continue as long as persons such as Dan Tan, who finance these operations, are not identified and dealt with."

Tan isn't the only Singaporean wanted in connection with match-fixing in Italy.

Court papers have revealed the alleged involvement of his runners, Choo Beng Huat and Pho Hock Kheng.

The Cremona Investigation papers show that Choo visited Italy at least 16 times between May 2009 and last November to meet members of the match-rigging syndicate, or as Tan's cash courier.

Pho, too, served as Tan's runner and made frequent trips to Italy, sometimes with his boss.

Investigating magistrate Guido Salvini said he was sure that on a trip to Milan on Nov 4 last year, Choo delivered something on behalf of the syndicate - possibly "a sum of money hidden in a container (in his luggage) to fund illegal activities".

When TNP contacted Choo last December, he called the allegations "all nonsense" and insisted that it was a case of mistaken identity.

He said: "I'm not interested in football. I'm a poor man and I have not been to Italy recently. A long time ago, I went there to visit my sister-in-law."

On occasions when Tan did not use his runners to deliver money, he used money transfer services to make payments for the rigged football matches, the court documents said.

Two members of his syndicate created a company in Panama in May 2010 called Clewer Overseas S.A. for the illicit purpose of receiving and distributing funds relating to the syndicate's match-rigging efforts.

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