Ex-tour guide Yang Yin pleads guilty to 120 charges

Yang Yin in court on May 30, 2016.
Yang Yin in court on May 30, 2016. ST ILLUSTRATION: CHNG CHOON HIONG
Yang Yin seen in a police car on Nov 5, 2014.
Yang Yin seen in a police car on Nov 5, 2014. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE- The former China tour guide at the centre of a dispute over the assets of a wealthy widow on Tuesday (May 31) pleaded guilty to 120 charges relating to immigration offences and falsification of receipts.

Out of 120 charges, 110 were for the falsification of receipts made to his company. The remaining were for immigration and cheating offences, as well as breaking Company Act laws. The rest of the 227 charges were taken into consideration.

The 42-year-old looked expressionless with his head slightly bowed as the charges were read out to him in Mandarin through an interpreter.

 
 

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Tan said that the former tour guide still faces two remaining criminal breach of trust charges which will be heard in separate proceedings. The hearing is scheduled to start in June and July.

This is the second time that Yang has made his public appearance after he was denied bail and under remand since October 2014. Like on Monday, he appeared in court dressed in purple overalls and sporting neatly-trimmed hair, with his hands and legs shackled.

Yang was arrested in September 2014 and charged a month later with a slew of offences, mostly falsifying receipts made to his company, Young Dance and Music Studio, so he could stay in Singapore. Yang also faces charges for cheating as well as breaking Companies Act laws.

His most serious offences, however, are two criminal breach of trust charges over allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from wealthy widow Chung Khin Chun.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Yang’s lawyer Wee Pan Lee made an application for the sentencing and mitigation plea to be heard at a later date. He said that adjourning the matter would avoid prejudice for the hearing on the criminal breach of trust charges which will start in June.

Deputy Presiding Judge of the State Courts Jennifer Marie consented to that application and adjourned the matter to July 11.

The high-profile case was first reported in 2014 when Madam Chung's niece, Madam Hedy Mok commenced a series of legal actions against Yang in the High Court.

Yang got to know the 89-year-old widow when he acted as her private tour guide during a trip to Beijing in 2008. In 2014, Madam Chung was diagnosed with dementia.

 

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