Former grassroots volunteer Yang Yin has been sentenced today to 6 years’ imprisonment for misappropriating $1.1 million from 89-year-old, Madam Chung Khin Chun. He was sentenced yesterday (29 Sep) to 26 months’ jail term for falsifying documents to gain permanent residency in Singapore.
The prosecution had asked for 10-12 year term for Yang’s “deep betrayal”. The defence argued for 3 years, saying that he was not “emotionally manipulative”, but had only done what he did so as to reduce the financial burden on his family. He will now be spending a total of 8 years and 2 months behind bars for his offences.
Madam Chung’s niece Hedy Mok said that she was “totally disappointed” with the 6-year jail term, and that it was “too lenient”. She estimated that the con-artist has gotten away with about $8 million of the widow’s fortunes. Considering her aunt’s loss of not just money but also her dignity, Ms Mok felt that “justice has not done really well.”
She is considering appealing for a longer jail sentence for Yang Yin.