Local assets of ex-guide's wife frozen
THE High Court has frozen the local assets of the wife of former China tour guide Yang Yin, following a one-hour pre-trial conference yesterday.
However, Weng Yandan, 34, left Singapore in September and it is unclear whether she even has any assets in Singapore.
Yang's assets in Singapore and overseas were frozen by a separate court order in August.
He is being sued in the High Court by Hedy Mok, niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, for allegedly manipulating the 87-year-old Chung for his own personal gain. Madam Mok is seeking damages which have yet to be assessed by the court.
The 40-year-old Yang met Madam Chung in 2008 while she was on a private tour in Beijing. He moved to Singapore in 2009 after obtaining an Employment Pass and moved in with the widow at her $30 million Gerald Crescent bungalow. He became a permanent resident in 2011, and his wife and two young children joined him in Singapore last year.
Yang faces multiple ongoing lawsuits. Besides the court case yesterday, he faces a separate High Court suit by Madam Mok, who is seeking to terminate his Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) over the widow on the grounds that he abused his powers.
The LPA granted in 2012 gave him control over the widow's wealth and property, including the bungalow.
Police have also charged Yang in court for allegedly faking 331 receipts for music lessons and painting purchases from 2009 to this year. The receipts were allegedly fabricated to give the impression to the authorities that his firm, the Young Music and Dance Studio, received about $450,000 in payments so that he could obtain permanent residency. He is under police custody and the court has denied him bail.
This week, the Family Court is also expected to make a decision on a court application by the Office of Public Guardian on whether Madam Chung has the mental capacity to revoke the LPA she granted Yang.