Mar-a-Lago infiltrator had hidden-camera detector, prosecutor says

Chinese Woman Arrested At Mar-A-Lago Had Numerous Electronic Devices, Major Cash Stash

A Secret Service affidavit detailed several devices Zhang was carrying at the time of her arrest, including a thumb drive containing "malicious software". The port of entry was the Newark airport on a direct flight from Shanghai.

"She lies to everyone she encounters", Garcia told the court.

Yujing Zhang appeared in court at a bail hearing in West Palm Beach, where prosecutors revealed that items found in her room included: a signal detector - which is used to pick up the presence of hidden cameras - nine USB drives, five sim cards and a cellphone. "There were also several credit cards in her name", and $7,600 in US currency.

Garcia also accused Zhang of lying "to everyone she encounters" and said that "t$3 here are a lot of questions that remain to be answered", noting that federal prosecutors may ultimately tack additional charges onto the false statement charges she now faces.

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Yang had promoted an event at Mar-a-Lago on March 30, the day Zhang appeared.

Ivanovich also testified that when the thumb drive they recovered from Zhang at the club was inserted into another agent's computer "a file immediately began to install itself". "That's not a direct violation of our restricted access", Ivanovich told the judge. The Chinese government said last week that it had been notified of Zhang's arrest and is providing consular assistance to her.

During Zhang's interview following her arrest, she claimed her Chinese friend "Charles" told her to travel from Shanghai to Palm Beach to attend this event and attempt to speak with a member of the President's family about Chinese and American economic relations, according to the criminal complaint filed against her. Only there did a receptionist discover Zhang was not on the club's access list and called the Secret Service back.

Secret Service agents arrested the 32-year-old woman March 30 after they say she gained admission by falsely telling a checkpoint she was a member. She will be held without bond until then.

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"He knew it was something out of the ordinary", Ivanovich said. Adler, the public defender representing Zhang, got agent Samuel Ivanovich to admit that "the agency that protects the president largely relied on Mar-a-Lago staff to determine whether to admit her, didn't see red flags in the devices she carried, and asked no further questions of Zhang once they believed she was related to another club member with the same last name-which is extremely common in China". But he said there is "no allegation that she is involved in any espionage".

Ivanovich told the judge Zhang later told him she was there for a Chinese American event that didn't exist, contradicting her checkpoint statement.

He said Zhang had planned to attend a United Nations Chinese-American friendship event, and he showed a $20,000 wire transfer Zhang made in February as proof of her honest effort to attend the gathering she thought was taking place at Mar-a-Lago. A Mar-a-Lago security manager waved her past a security checkpoint after a "potential language-barrier issue" raised the possibility she was the daughter of a member who had the same last name. President Donald Trump was in Florida at the time, but was off-site at a nearby golf course during the incident.

When she was arrested, Zhang showed agents an invitation she had received to what she described as the United Nations event. He said Zhang said an acquaintance named "Charles" had invited her to the nonexistent event. After the receptionist confirmed no such event was scheduled to take place, Secret Service agents questioned her. Lee ran the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association and was photographed at least twice with Cindy Yang, a Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner.

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