SINGAPORE: The Public Prosecutor has lodged an appeal against former tour guide Yang Yin’s six-year jail term for misappropriating S$1.1 million from an elderly widow, calling the sentence “manifestly inadequate”.
Prosecutors had sought a 10- to 12-year jail term for 42-year-old Yang.
“The sentence does not adequately reflect the true criminality of Yang’s conduct”, the Attorney-General’s Chambers said in a statement on Monday (Oct 3).
“There are two distinctive features of this case which the court did not give adequate consideration to,” the statement said. “Firstly, Yang was a foreigner who came to Singapore for the objective of committing criminal acts.
“Secondly, not only did he take advantage of a vulnerable elderly person, he has also failed to disclose the full extent of his criminality, return any portion of the misappropriated monies, and he has not shown any remorse.”
Yang, a China national, was sentenced to six years’ jail on Friday (Sep 29) after he was found guilty of two criminal breach of trust charges involving S$1.1 million he had misappropriated from wealthy widow Mdm Chung Khin Chun, whom he had spent years “ingratiating” himself with, prosecutors had said.
The childless widow had given Yang control over her assets – worth millions of dollars – trusting him to use the money to look after her in her golden years.
Instead, in the four years that followed, Yang nearly emptied the widow’s bank account. In early 2010, Mdm Chung had S$2.7 million in liquid assets. By August 2014, shortly before Yang’s arrest, the widow’s bank account contained less than S$10,000.
To date, the whereabouts of the S$1.1 million remain unknown. Another S$1,128,004 remains frozen in Yang’s bank account.
Yang was also sentenced to 26 months’ jail for falsifying hundreds of receipts and duping the authorities into granting him PR status.