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Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago with four cellphones, laptop, malware

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Secret Service agents arrested a woman with two Chinese passports on Saturday afternoon after she reportedly lied to try to gain access to Mar-a-Lago with malicious software.

The woman, Yujing Zhang, age 32, arrived at a Secret Service checkpoint Saturday, March 30, outside of the president’s home and private club in Palm Beach, Fla.

According to court documents, the manager of the club initially thought Zhang was a daughter of a club member and let her in, but the Secret Service then questioned her and told her she had to leave.

After she began to argue with the agents, they took her into a room for questioning. They later found in her possession four cellphones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware on it.

According to the criminal complaint, Zhang seemed to not understand English in her first communication with Mar-a-Lago staff, but during the interviews with agents she “exhibited a detailed knowledge of, and ability to converse in and understand even subtle nuances of, the English language.”

She was charged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida with two crimes: giving false statements to a federal officer and entering restricted property.

President Donald Trump was staying at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend but was not on the property at the time Zhang tried to enter the club.


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