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Chinese woman found guilty of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago, lying to federal agents

September 12, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The Chinese woman accused of trespassing at President Trump’s Florida resort and lying to federal agents about why she was there was convicted on both counts Wednesday in a case that could eventually have national security implications.


Federal prosecutors argued Yujing Zhang, 33, was a calculated liar who proceeded with her plan to access Mar-a-Lago, despite being told an event she planned to attend had been canceled and that she could not go to the property without prior permission. They filed classified information under seal in the case at least twice and said Monday evening they would do so a third time, indicating a national security investigation into Zhang.


“She was not a wandering tourist that fell into this place by mistake,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said.


Zhang, who represented herself despite numerous pleas from U.S. District Judge Roy Altman to use a public defender on standby, often stalled court

proceedings with her lack of knowledge about the American criminal justice system and questions about why the trial was even taking place.



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