Tussle over widow's assets: Niece of rich widow applies to court to name Mr Yang Yin's wife as second defendant

Tussle over widow's assets: Niece of rich widow applies to court to name Mr Yang Yin's wife as second defendant
87-year-old widow's niece Madam Hedy Mok (left), 60, and her lawyer Mr Peter Doraisamy from Selvam LLC (right) speaking to the media about the ongoing court case involving 87-year-old widow Madam Chung Khin Chun who is Mdm Mok's aunt, Sep 23, 2014

SINGAPORE - In the latest development in the tussle over a widow's $40 million assets with a former China tour guide, the niece of the widow - 87-year-old Madam Chung Khin Chun - has started legal proceedings against Madam Weng Yandan, the wife of Yang Yin, the tour guide.

The Straits Times reported that Madam Hedy Mok, 60, said in a press statement on Friday evening, "My lawyers have today, among other things, filed further applications in the High Court suit to include Mr Yang Yin's wife as a second defendant and to extend the worldwide Mareva injunction to include her assets."

Earlier, reports said that a court has temporarily suspended the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) of Yang Yin. It had been reported on Sep 29 that the Office of the Public Guardian had applied to temporarily suspend the powers of both Madam Mok, and Mr Yang as deputy and donee respectively under the LPA.

However, The Straits Times reported that the court allowed Madam Mok to continue in her role as deputy but she was told to report legal matters concerning Madam Chung to the OPG.

Earlier, the Ministry of Manpower announced that it is conducting an investigation into Mr Yang's Employment Pass and the music and dance school that he opened here.

The probe is part of broader investigations by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on the 40-year-old's permanent resident status.

The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority said that it is "assisting other government agencies to determine if the company or its officers have breached any statutory duties", reported The Straits Times.

Mr Yang had first met Madam Chung, 87, in 2008 while she was on holiday in China. He then moved into Madam Chung's $30 million bungalow a year later and set up Young Music and Dance Studio with her.

The current saga began on Sep 2, when Madam Mok forced Mr Yang's wife and two children out of the Gerald Crescent bungalow.

She also begun court proceedings to strip Mr Yang of a 2012 Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in which Madam Chung transferred control of her assets to him.

On Sep 9, The Straits Times reported that the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) also lodged a police report against Mr Yang for falsely claiming to be a director in the association.

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