A Chinese tour guide who had been left assets of of 40 million Singapore dollars (over 30 million USD) by a Singaporean widow who met him on a trip to Shanghai in 2005 could face over 300 charges for falsifying company accounts in the Singapore courts, The Straits Times reported.
The controversial case, which has been brewing in Singapore for the past months, was sparked off by the widow’s niece’s accusation that the Chinese tour guide, Yang Yin, had taken advantage of the widow’s feelings for him when she hired him to bring him around China. The 87-widow, who had been diagnosed with dementia this year, left a bungalow worth 24 million USD and all her other assets to Yang, who moved in with her in 2009.
The widow had appointed the 40-year-old Yang, whom she regarded as a “grandson”, to be the sole executor of her estate after her death. She said that she would “bequeath (her bungalow) and all the contents inside, including (her) painting and art collections… to Yang Yin absolutely”.
Yang Yin and his family in Singapore
Allegations made against Yang included how he prevented the widow from seeing her close friends, sold her jewellery and art, emptied her bank accounts and even sacked her long-time maid and driver. Yang had also brought his family, including his wife, to live with him in the bungalow in later in 2009.
In 2009, Yang Yin had set up a music company with the widow and obtained an employment pass for working in Singapore. He admitted to falsifying receipts for music lessons, totalling 350,000 USD, so that he could continue staying in Singapore with the widow.
His control over the widow’s assets has since been suspended by the Singapore courts in October once suspicions arose about his motives and involvement in the case.
He is currently out on a bail of $150,000.