Yang Yin trial: Ex-tour guide intends to plead guilty to criminal breach of trust charges

Former tour guide Yang Yin, 42, intends to plead guilty to two criminal breach of trust charges.
Former tour guide Yang Yin, 42, intends to plead guilty to two criminal breach of trust charges. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Former tour guide Yang Yin, 42, intends to plead guilty to two criminal breach of trust charges for dishonestly misappropriating $1.1 million from a wealthy widow.

"My client in an unusual twist has decided to plead guilty to two charges," said Yang's lawyer Irving Choh in court on Friday (July 8).

The next hearing is scheduled for July 27.

The prosecution has charged that Yang had on two separate occasions misappropriated $500,000 and $600,000 from Madam Chung Khin Chun, 89. He had argued that these were used to buy paintings for Madam Chung.

In May, Yang had pleaded guilty to 120 charges relating to immigration offences and falsification of receipts - 110 charges were for the falsification of receipts made to his company, while the remaining were for immigration and cheating offences, as well as breaking Company Act laws.

He 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.

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

Yang got to know Madam Chung when he acted as her private tour guide during a trip to Beijing in 2008.