China national in tussle over S'porean widow's wealth arrested

A China national who was accused of trying to cheat a dementia-stricken Singaporean widow of her S$40 million fortune has been arrested, police said on Wednesday (Sept 17).

Former tour guide Yang Yin "has been arrested for suspected criminal breach of trust following police reports lodged against him", the Singapore Police Force said in a statement.

"He is currently assisting in police investigations," the statement added.

Yang, 40, is facing allegations that he manipulated Madam Chung Khin Chin, 87, a retired physiotherapist suffering from dementia to give him control over her fortune.

Yang was a tour guide when he first met Chung in China in 2008 and later developed a relationship with the woman, who eventually allowed him to live in her Singaporean home.

Yang’s wife and two young children also moved in last year.

Yang Yin is flanked by Madam Chung Khin Chun (left) and Madam Chang Phie Chin in a photo taken in Beijing on Oct 23, 2008. PHOTO: Courtesy of Madam Hedy Mok

Madam Chung's assets include a sprawling Gerald Crescent bungalow worth an estimated S$30 million.

Niece requests High Court to freeze all assets

Her niece, Hedy Mok, 60, had asked the High Court to freeze all the elderly woman’s assets amid proceedings to revoke Yang's Lasting Power of Attorney, which he obtained in 2012.

The Lasting Power of Attorney gives Yang control over Madam Chung's assets, including her property.

Mr Yang (left), a former tour guide, loads his items from the house at Gerald Crescent into van on last Wednesday (Sept 10). With him are his lawyer (right) and the driver of the van used to transport the items. PHOTO: Singapore Press Holdings

Ms Mok said Yang got Madam Chung to send money to his bank account in the Chinese city of Hangzhou on numerous occasions, with amounts ranging from S$4,000 to S$40,000, The Straits Times reported.

Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said it had launched an investigation into Yang’s status as a permanent resident.

Source: AFP