Woman demands S$180K payment from cheating S'porean son-in-law after lending him S$360K to buy condominium

A Singaporean man married his girlfriend after he got her pregnant, only to cheat two years later, incurring the wrath of his mother-in-law, who had loaned the man S$360k to buy a condominium apartment.

She demanded S$180k back, but the man would not pay, even claiming that the signatures on the loan documents were forged, reports Lianhe Wanbao

The 34-year-old man had met his now estranged wife, a rich girl from the People's Republic of China (PRC) eight years ago and gotten her pregnant. 

The pair got married and she was only 19 years old then, seven years younger than the man himself. 

After being married for two years, his wife accused him of cheating and the two separated. 

His ex mother-in-law, a 63-year-old divorcee and business woman from PRC had sold off one of her three estates in Shanghai to provide the man with a S$360k loan to buy a four-room condominium unit worth S$1.3 million. 

She and the man agreed that the rest of the cost would be bore by the man via bank instalments. 

To that effect, the man, his wife and his mother-in-law signed a legal document.

According to court documents, the man and his ex mother-in-law were on bad terms but she had lent him the money on account of her daughter. 

However, the man later cited the condominium could not be purchased under his wife and her mother’s name, on grounds that his mother-in-law was not a Singaporean and his wife was not yet a legal adult during the signing of the document.

He went on to purchase the unit under his name.

His mother-in-law thus refused to fork out the S$360K and told the man that it would have to be a loan instead.

After the two discussed, they came to another agreement: the man would only need pay half the loan back, and the payment had to be made within half a year.

The two signed another two legal documents as a proof of the man’s loan from his mother-in-law. 

However, the man defaulted on his payments to his mother-in-law soon after, and even got into an affair, leading to the couple’s separation. 

Although his ex mother-in-law tried asking him for the money on multiple occasions, he denied ever lending money from her and claimed that the signatures on the legal documents were forged. 

It has been six years since the incident, and the man has yet to pay his ex mother-in-law, prompting the enraged woman to take the matter to court.

After two rounds of trials, the judge ruled in favour of the plaintiff on balance of probability grounds, and the man was ordered to pay the due sum.