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Victoria Police cracks alleged international tennis fixing syndicate, two Indians charged

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    Victoria Police has charged two alleged members of the Australian wing of an international tennis match-fixing syndicate suspected of corrupting at least two tournaments in Brazil and Egypt in 2018.

    The group allegedly responsible is headquartered in India, where operatives have worked to convince low-ranked players from Europe and South America to throw matches while associates placed bets with bookies on the other side of the world.

    Two men faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court this week charged with attempting to corruptly win up to $320,000 betting on fixed games.

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    Rajesh Kumar outside court in Melbourne on Wednesday.CREDIT:EDDIE JIM

    It is also alleged some of the money was funnelled back to the tennis players via Western Union wire transfers.

    Rajesh Kumar and Harsimrat Singh, of Point Cook in Melbourne’s west, received 16 charges and nine charges, respectively, for using corrupt conduct information for betting purposes and proceeds of crime offences. Both deny the charges.

    A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the men were arrested in May 2018.

    "Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit have charged two men with using corrupt conduct information for betting purposes," the spokeswoman said.

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    Harsimrat Singh, 22, outside court on Wednesday.CREDIT:EDDIE JIM

    "The charges relate to an investigation into alleged betting practices linked to a number of international tennis matches in Brazil and Egypt in 2018,” she said. “The investigation into this matter remains ongoing.”


    The identities of the international players — all ranked well below 200 on the men’s singles and doubles circuit — and the names of the tournaments were redacted from police documents by order of magistrate Kieran Gilligan to avoid prejudicing other potential investigations.

    The prosecution of the alleged local operatives comes amid a wider investigation into the syndicate being conducted by the sport's UK-based anti-corruption agency, the Tennis Integrity Unit.

    A TIU spokesman declined to comment or name the players.

    “All TIU investigations are carried out in confidence and that policy, together with the fact that this is an ongoing legal process, means we are not in a position to comment on the matter at this time,” he said.

    Sources say the authorities are also examining whether a promotional tour in Thailand in 2018 was used to recruit corrupt players.


    Victoria Police documents name Indian national Ravinder Dandiwal as a central figure in the global match-fixing and betting scam.

    Mr Dandiwal, who has not been charged by Victoria Police, resides in India.

    The charges against Mr Singh and Mr Kumar allege they received information that “one or more of the players ... had arranged with Ravinder Dandiwal to manipulate the result of the match” or players had been “recruited [by him] to engage in corrupt conduct”.

    The duo then allegedly placed bets or attempted to place bets ranging from $8.70 to $25,000 on the outcome of sets or matches with major corporate bookies.


    In one case, a $25,000 wager Mr Kumar allegedly attempted to place had odds of 7.75 to 1, with the bet set to pay out $168,750.

    On social media, Mr Dandiwal claims to be the owner of Ultimate Sports Management, an India-based sports management business that has previously promoted cricket matches and player tours.

    Among them are the Willowfest Australian Cricket Championship in 2016 and the Asian Premier League T20 in Nepal in 2017. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing at these events.

    Mr Dandiwal is also sometimes referred to as “R.S. Dandiwal”, “General Secretary of the Cricket Council of India” and “Chairman of the Cricket Premier League” in press associated with events.

    Mr Dandiwal, who is a relative of Harsimrat Singh, did not respond to a request for comment.


    In the magistrates court, Mr Singh’s solicitor, Brendan Wilkinson, said his client did not realise he had done anything illegal and claimed police actually believed Mr Singh had been “used” by his relative.

    “My client has said whatever his relative told him he wasn’t to know that that was corrupt. His relative is involved in the tennis world in a big way. [Mr Singh’s] not an expert on tennis and he took his advice.”

    Police documents allege Mr Singh, 22, placed or attempted to place $2600 in bets. Mr Rajesh, 32, allegedly bet or attempted to bet $81,000. It is unclear how much money was made but it could be as much as $320,000.

    The matter returns to court in September.

    Tom Heenan, a lecturer in sports studies at Monash University, said tennis was “easy pickings” for corrupt betting markets, particularly low-ranked players and tournaments.


    “[Syndicates] will target smaller events because they fly under the radar. No big player is going to fall for this kind of pitch, but players that aren’t making much on the circuit will be more tempted to accept it. Massive amounts of money can be made, quietly and quickly.”

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    Worldwide scammers..Here in uk they are in full swing..Head office In India
     
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