If you google the definition of gift, two results will come out:

  • A thing that was given willingly to someone without payment; a present
  • A natural ability of talent eg. he has a gift for sniffing out rich people

In this piece of news, we have a dentist who clearly did not Google the definition of gifts before giving out his generous gifts to his lover, but he was able to recover most of these gifts back legally.

Dentist Who Sued Lover to Recover ‘Gifts’ of $8.6 Million Succeeded in Recovering Most of Them

In their three-year relationship, 57-year-old Chinese dentist, Lyu Jun transferred over 40 million yuan (S$8.6 million) of cash and gifts to his lover 40-year-old Wei Ho-Hung, a Singapore-based businesswoman.

This amount of money was invested and gifted to her on the pretext that they could build a life together in Singapore. The amount of money was supposed to be used to purchase an apartment at D’Leedon, and a Mercedes-Benz GLC250.

These purchases were meant to help create their future together and not gifts to Wei, according to Lyu. However, Wei did not get the memo for she said everything was meant as a gift of love to her.

After their previous uproar, the verdict is set after reviewing the ex-couple WeChat messages: The gifts were not for her.

Digging into the messages way back in 2017, Justice Jeyaretnam found out that Lyu said he “bought a house and car”, a piece of evidence to show Lyu’s commitment to that future.

However, the lack of the words “for you” made the judge conclude these large items were not gifts.

Additionally, Wei’s messages in the chat also made the judge realise that Wei knew that the D’Leedon apartment was not hers. Thus, Justice Jeyaretnam declared Lyu owns 100% of the apartment and car.

Other “Gifts”

During their relationship, Lyu also “gifted” Wei with

  • Payment for part of the purchase price of a shop in Marne Road, Little India
  • Mortgage for a property in Bartley Road
  • Surrogacy procedure in the United States
  • Option to buy an apartment in Cairnhill
  • Investments in two dental clinics
  • Application for Grenadian citizenship for Wei and her four children

Of these, the surrogacy procedure, the option to buy an apartment in Cairnhill and investments for the two dental clinics did not take place.

Return of “Gifts”

Since some of these supposed “gifts” did not take place and were not considered to be gifts by the judge, Wei has to pay him back:

  • Surrogacy procedure in the United States (S$354,684.22)
  • Option to buy an apartment in Cairnhill
  • Investments in two dental clinics
  • Grenadian citizenship applications (Around S$6,220,415)

Wei also has to account to Lyu for the rental received on the Cairnhill apartment. Additionally, Lyu also owns 80% of the shop.

Dismissed “Gifts”

Not all of the “gifts” have to be returned though; some of them were dismissed, like these:

  • Mortgage for a property in Bartley Road (S$202,220.38)
  • Rolex Watch – for there was no evidence that Wei took the watch

You can find out how they met here.

So in the future, it might be apt to act surprise when you receive a gift and ask, “Oh, for me?”

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