Tussle over widow's assets: Ex-tour guide's parents, bailor added to lawsuit

Tussle over widow's assets: Ex-tour guide's parents, bailor added to lawsuit
Madam Weng Yandan, 34, left Singapore in September and it is unclear whether she even has any assets in Singapore.

SINGAPORE - In the latest development in the legal tussle over a widow's $40 million assets, the High Court has granted permission to the widow's niece to sue not only former tour-guide Yang Yin and his wife, but also his parents and previous bailor.

Madam Hedy Mok, 60, niece to widow Madam Chung Khin Chun, 87, was allowed to include Mr Yang's wife Madam Weng Yandan, his parents Mr Yang Sannan and Madam He Xianglan, and his previous bailor Ms Ong Gek Lie, as defendants in the lawsuit, The Straits Times reported.

According to Channel Newsasia, Mr Yang's wife, parents and bailor are alleged to have knowingly received funds misppropriated from Madam Chung's estate.

The Straits Times also reported that Madam Chung has also made a new will, which leaves nearly all her fortune to charity. The new will cancels her previous will from 2010, in which Mr Yang was to inherit all her assets.

Mr Yang is alleged to have manipulated Madam Chung into handing him control over her estimated $40 million assets. He is facing 334 charges for falsification of accounts and immigration offences, as well as civil suits filed by Madam Mok.

It was previously reported that Mr Yang had obtained a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in 2012, in which Madam Chung transferred control of her assets to him. The LPA was recently revoked by the courts.

Mr Yang had met Madam Chung in 2008, when he acted as her personal tour guide. A year later, he came to live with her in her $30 million bungalow at Gerald Crescent.

Mr Yang is currently in police remand. He was first arrested in Sept, but Ms Ong had paid $15,000 to bail him out. His bail was subsequently struck down by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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