SINGAPORE - The pre-trial conference for the criminal case involving former China tour guide Yang Yin was adjourned to Jan 22 yesterday.
Speaking to reporters after a closed-door hearing, Yang's lawyer Wee Pan Lee said his client is waiting to see which charges the prosecution will proceed on. Yang has been accused of two criminal breach of trust offences which allegedly involve him misappropriating $1.1 million from an 87-year-old widow Chung Khin Chun, whom he met in 2008 when he acted as her tour guide during a trip to China. Each charge carries a sentence of up to seven years jail and/or a fine.
The 40-year-old Chinese national, who is a Singapore permanent resident, also faces more than 300 counts of faking receipts issued by his music and dance company.
Separately, Madam Chung's niece Madam Hedy Mok is suing Yang for damages, and his wife and parents, all of whom are in China, for allegedly receiving money taken from the widow's estate, which is believed to be worth $40 million.
Madam Mok, a 60-year-old tour agency owner, has accused Yang of taking advantage of her aunt. In 2009, he moved into her $30 million bungalow in Gerald Crescent. Three years later, he was given a lasting power of attorney (LPA) by the widow to manage her welfare and financial affairs. Last November, the widow revoked the LPA.