Tussle over widow’s fortune: Ex-tour guide taken back to bungalow

Tussle over widow’s fortune: Ex-tour guide taken back to bungalow
Former tour guide Yang Yin (in green trousers) being escorted out of widow Chung Khin Chun’s bungalow by police officers on Sept 19. The police escorting him was believed to have left the house with a few paintings. Mr Yang is embroiled in a legal tussle with Madam Chung’s niece, Madam Hedy Mok, 60, over the widow’s assets, which are believed to be worth $40 million.

FORMER China tour guide Yang Yin yesterday returned to the $30 million bungalow where he had lived with 87-year-old widow Chung Khin Chun.

The 40-year-old was taken there around noon by police, who are investigating him for suspected criminal breach of trust. Two police cars were parked inside the 32,000 sq ft bungalow.

It is believed he and the police visited an art gallery in the house. The Straits Times understands that the police took a few paintings with them when they left an hour later.

Escorted by several plainclothes officers, Mr Yang, who was not handcuffed, looked slightly flustered as he made his way back into a police car.

He hid his face in his hands when photographers tried to get close to him in the police car leaving the bungalow for the Police Cantonment Complex, where he continued to assist with investigations.

In response to media queries, the police said: "It's inappropriate to comment further as investigations are still ongoing."

Mr Yang is embroiled in a legal tussle with Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, 60, over the widow's assets, which are believed to be worth $40 million.

In 2010, a year after Mr Yang moved into Madam Chung's home, the widow, who was diagnosed with dementia this year, willed her entire fortune, including her bungalow, to him.

Two years later, he was awarded a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), giving him control of her assets.

Madam Mok has gone to court to revoke the LPA.

She had also reported to the police that Mr Yang allegedly stole jewellery and cash belonging to her aunt while acting as her legal guardian.

On Thursday, Mr Yang was released on bail after being questioned overnight.

It was reported by Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News that he was bailed out for $15,000 by a Singaporean woman.

The paper also said that the woman is understood to have a close relationship with him, but no further details were given.

Mr Yang's status as a permanent resident is also being probed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

kcarolyn@sph.com.sg

 


This article was first published on September 20, 2014.
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