Yujing Zhang bail hearing, Chinese woman arrested.
A Chinese woman arrested after briefly gaining admission to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Palm Beach is due in federal court Monday morning.
An arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. for 32-year-old Yujing Zhang. A judge could also rule on whether she’ll be granted bond.
At a hearing last week, federal prosecutor Rolando Garcia said agents found a device in Zhang’s hotel room that could detect hidden cameras. They also found $8,000 in U.S. and Chinese currency, nine USB drives, five USB cards, and several credit cards in her name, according to Garcia.
Investigators said Zhang gained admission into Mar-a-Lago on March 30 by falsely telling security she was a member and was going to swim. She also told a front desk clerk she was there for a nonexistent Chinese/American event, the Secret Service said.
Zhang was arrested after agents said they found her carrying four cellphones, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive with computer malware installed.
A prosecutor said Zhang arrived in the U.S. on March 28 at Newark Liberty International Airport. She was given a travel visa which has now been revoked by the State Department.
Prosecutors said Zhang has no ties to South Florida, and it’s unclear what her motive was. She previously visited the U.S. in Sept. 2018, Dec. 2017, and July 2016, according to prosecutors.
A public defender representing Zhang said when Secret Service agents interviewed Zhang at their West Palm Beach field office, they thought they were recording both video and audio, but later found out the room wasn’t equipped to record audio.
Zhang is charged with lying to a federal agent and illegal entering.