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    May 31, 2016

    Yang disputes facts on Day 1 of immigration trial

    THE former China tour guide at the centre of a dispute over the assets of a wealthy widow appeared in court yesterday, ready to admit to duping the authorities into granting him permanent residency here.

    But before he pleads guilty, Yang Yin, 42, is disputing a sentence in the statement of facts, or the prosecution's written account of what happened.

    The dispute emerged yesterday on the first day of the trial of Yang, who is facing 347 charges related to immigration offences and falsification of receipts.

    He was arrested in September 2014 and charged for offences, mostly for falsifying receipts to his company Young Dance and Music Studio so that he can stay in Singapore. He has been in remand since October 2014 after he was denied bail.

    His most serious offences are two criminal breach of trust charges for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from wealthy widow Madam Chung Khin Chun. These will be heard next month and in July.