Chan Chun-chuen, the geomancer and lover of late Hong Kong property tycoon Nina Wang, was convicted of forging a 2006 will that made him the sole beneficiary of her $10.7 billion fortune, Cable TV reported.
Chan was also convicted of one charge of using a false instrument, the TV station reported, citing a verdict in a Hong Kong court yesterday. Six of the eight jury members found Chan guilty of forging the will, while seven found him guilty on the second charge, according to the station. The sentences will be announced today at the earliest, Cable TV said.
Chan lost a five-year legal battle for Wang’s estimated HK$83 billion ($10.7 billion) fortune in 2011, with the will in his favor found to be a forgery and the estate awarded to Wang’s charity foundation. Wang, once Asia’s richest woman, who died from uterine cancer in 2007, had herself fought her father-in-law for six years over the fortune.
Chan had argued that Wang left him the money in part because they had been lovers for 15 years. Chan, who is married with children, said he was hired by Wang in 1992 to help find her husband, Teddy, who had been kidnapped for a second time in 1990. Teddy Wang was declared legally dead in 1999 and his body was never found.
Chan dug holes at various sites owned by the Chinachem Group for seven years in his role as Wang’s feng shui adviser or geomancer, receiving about HK$2.1 billion from her between 2005 and 2006, according to a court judgment. His lawyers said the payments were intended to groom him for managing her estate.
Feng shui, literally translated as “wind and water,” is a 5,000-year-old Chinese practice of arranging the physical environment to harmonize with the daily lives of people who live within it. Feng shui masters used the practice to advise emperors on the best locations for their palaces and tombs.
Chan recently renounced the practice and converted to Christianity, and said he prayed on Wednesday while the jury spent more than nine hours considering its verdict, the South China Morning Post reported.
The case is Hong Kong SAR v. Chan Chun Chuen, HCCC182/2012 in the Hong Kong Court of First Instance.