Ex-Chinese tour guide who cheated Singaporean widow of S$1.1m deported after jail term

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SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Former Chinese tour guide Yang Yin, convicted of cheating a wealthy Singaporean widow out of S$1.1 million, was deported on Thursday June 9 after being released from jail.

In response to questions, a spokesperson for the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said Yang had been banned from re-entering Singapore.

Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported that he was taken to the airport on Thursday morning for a flight to Nanjing, China.

In September 2016, Yang, then 42, was sentenced to six years in prison. The term was increased to nine years in March 2017 after an appeal by the Attorney General’s office.

He was convicted of two criminal offenses of breach of trust for embezzling $1.1 million from Ms. Chung Khin Chun, then 90, a retired physiotherapist.

Yang was also sentenced to an additional two years and two months in prison in September 2016 for crimes related to his immigration status. In particular, they forged receipts for a fictitious company in order to stay in Singapore and obtain permanent residence.

In total, he had to serve 11 years and two months in prison.

Yang met Madame Chung in 2008, when he served as her private guide on a trip to China. A year later, he moved into his bungalow in Yio Chu Kang and claimed that the widow wanted him to be her “grandson”.

He was granted permanent residency in Singapore in 2011 and brought his wife and two young children here the same year.

Yang was to inherit all of Madame Chung’s assets – estimated at $40 million – in a 2010 will, and received a durable power of attorney from the widow in 2012 to manage her welfare and financial affairs.

Madame Chung’s husband, Dr Chou Sip King, died in 2007 and the couple have no children.

Yang had pleaded guilty in August 2016 to embezzling $500,000 in February 2010 and $600,000 in January 2012 from Madame Chung. His crimes were revealed in September 2014 after his arrest.

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