Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago indicted for making false statements
A Chinese woman who was detained at President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court rules Trump admin can temporarily continue to send asylum seekers back to Mexico Federal investigation finds rampant sexual harassment at company led by Trump nominee: report Booker on Trump reportedly floating pardon for border official: ‘That should shake every American’ MORE’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Fla., has been indicted for unlawful entry of restricted buildings and for making false statements to U.S. officials.
Federal prosecutors had said Monday at a detention hearing that Yujing Zhang had multiple USB drives, a signal detector used to find hidden cameras and thousands of dollars in cash in her hotel room. She was arrested late last month with a cellphone and multiple passports.
The indictment against Yujing Zhang was filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida and unsealed on Friday. It alleges that she unlawfully entered the Mar-a-Lago Club and its grounds and that she “knowingly and willfully” made false statements to a U.S. Secret Service agent when asked about whether she was authorized to be on the property.
“The defendant stated she was there to attend a ‘United Nations Friendship Event,’ when in truth and in fact, and as the defendant then and there well knew, no such event was scheduled at Mar-a-Lago and its grounds,” the indictment says.
Zhang was arrested at the club on March 30 after evading security. She was found carrying multiple cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware, according to court records unsealed earlier this month.
The developments triggered new scrutiny of the security practices at the president’s exclusive Florida golf resort, where he frequently spends weekends with White House aides.
The FBI is said to be investigating the security breach, and lawmakers and Congress have also demanded more information about the incident as well as the security practices at Mar-a-Lago.