Former tour guide Yang Yin's PR status was revoked last November: ICA

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SINGAPORE - Yang Yin, the former tour guide who was convicted of cheating a rich Singaporean widow of $1.1 million, is no longer a Singapore permanent resident (PR).

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) revoked his PR status after he was sentenced in September last year to a six-year jail term for criminal breach of trust.

Confirming the revocation, the ICA told The Straits Times: "Any Permanent Resident (PR) who has been convicted of an offence will have their PR status reviewed by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. Yang Yin's PR status was revoked on 1 November 2016."

The ICA had previously said that individuals who provide false information in their application for immigration facilities will be dealt with firmly under the law.

Besides being convicted of cheating Madam Chung Khin Chun, 90, Yang was also jailed for two years and two months in Sept last year for a slew of crimes regarding his immigration status, including falsifying receipts for a sham company in order to stay in Singapore.

The 42-year-old Chinese national is serving the sentences consecutively.

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  • Hedy Mok talks to the media outside of State Court.
  • Hedy Mok with Madam Chung Khin Chun walks out of court with their friends and supporters.
  • Hedy Mok with Madam Chung Khin Chun walks out of court with their friends and supporters.
  • Supporters and friends of Madam Chung.
  • Supporters and friends of Madam Chung.
  • Former China tour guide Yang Yin leaving the Police Cantonment Complex alone on 18 September 2014. He was released on bail after being questioned overnight by the police for suspected criminal breach of trust. He is in a legal tussle with a niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, 87, over control of her $40 million assets. He claimed that Madam Chung gave him full control of her welfare and assets so that he could look after her without questions being raised.
  • Yang Yin, is accused for misappropriating $1.1million from an elderly window Madam Chung Khin Chun, 89 year-old. He had in May this year pleaded guilty to 120 other charges which involve falsification of receipts to make it appear that a business he set up was real and offences involving his permanent residency.
  • Yang Yin who was convicted 26 months’ imprisonment on 29/9/2016.
  • Madam Chung Khin Chun, with her niece Hedy Mok arriving at the State Courts on 9 September 2016 for the trial of former China tour guide Yang Yin, who is charged for allegedly duping the authorities into granting him permanent residency. Yang was standing trial for 347 charges related to immigration offences and falsification of receipts.
  • Madam Chung Khin Chun and her niece Hedy Mok, arriving at the State Court
  • Madam Hedy Mok and her aunt Madam Chung Khin Chun.
  • Yang Yin, is accused for misappropriating $1.1million from an elderly window Madam Chung Khin Chun, 89 year-old. He had in May this year pleaded guilty to 120 other charges which involve falsification of receipts to make it appear that a business he set up was real and offences involving his permanent residency.
  • Madam Chung Khin Chun and Hedy Mok, arrving at the State Courts.
  • Picture of Hedy Mok, arriving at the State Courts

When the case first broke in 2014, questions had been raised about how the former tour guide had been granted permanent residency here.

He was found and convicted by the court to have lied to the ICA that he was running a profitable business and earning a salary via his sham company Young Music and Dance Studio, so it would grant him PR status, and his wife, a long-term visit pass.

In August 2012, the law was amended to make it administratively easier for the ICA to revoke the foreigners' permanent residency.

Then, Mr S Iswaran, who was Second Minister for Home Affairs, said that while the vast majority of Singapore PRs do not pose any threat to Singapore's law and order, the amendment would send out a clear message that PRs must respect and abide by Singapore's laws.

Though Yang faces a total of eight years and two months in jail, there is a chance that he will remain in jail longer because of the prosecution has appealed the sentence.

The appeal was scheduled to be heard in the High Court on Friday (Feb 17) but was postponed. The new date has not been fixed.

Besides the criminal cases, Yang has also been sued by the widow's niece, Madam Hedy Mok, for allegedly manipulating the elderly woman into handing over her assets worth an estimated $40 million.

The civil case is still ongoing.


This article was first published on Feb 17, 2017.
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