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Chinese Woman Carrying Malware Arrested for Illegally Entering Mar-a-Lago

by Axios | 4.2.19

A Chinese woman carrying 4 cell phones, a laptop, an external hard drive and a USB stick laced with malware was charged with illegally entering President Trump's Mar-a-lago club in Florida this weekend and lying to federal agents about why she was there.

Details: The affidavit states that Yujing Zhang spoke broken English, but indicated to Secret Service agents and Mar-a-lago security that she was a relative of a member of the club and wanted to visit the pool to swim. Inside, she told a front desk receptionist that she was there for a "United Nations Friendship Event" between China and the U.S. — an event the receptionist knew did not exist.

  • The receptionist called Secret Service, who said Zhang spoke to agents in English without difficulty before becoming "verbally aggressive."
  • After being detained, Zhang told agents that her Chinese friend "Charles" had told her to travel from Shanghai to Palm Beach, Florida, to attend the event and speak to a member of Trump's family about Chinese and American foreign economic relations.

Zhang has a hearing scheduled for next week.


Written by Axios

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