Mar-a-Lago-trespasser deported to China after two years

Mar-a-Lago-trespasser deported to China after two years

Palm Beach, Florida. A Chinese businesswoman convicted of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents was deported over the weekend, federal authorities said, more than two years after serving her sentence.

Yujing Zhang was handed over to immigration officials in December 2019 after serving her eight-month sentence. Immigration authorities told the Miami Herald that she has been held in Glades County Detention Center three times throughout her imprisonment, mainly due to delayed deportations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the time of sentencing, 33-year-old Zhang went to Mar-a-Lago “to meet the president and family and just make friends.” When a skeptical judge asked her if she really thought she could meet Trump, Zhang laughed out loud and said she hoped to meet other people, too.

Zhang then told US District Judge Roy Altman that the president told reporters that he invited Zhang to Mar-a-Lago. But Altman said it was another lie.

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It’s unclear what Zhang’s motives were, but the judge said it was about more than just getting a photo opportunity.

After she served her sentence and while she was still being held by US immigration officials, Zhang’s desire to expedite her return to China increased. The newspaper reported that it filed a petition in December 2020 to speed up the process, but it was unsuccessful.

Zhang wrote in English that she was being held in the Glades County Detention Center, had no money to contact her family in China, and needed a lawyer to gain her freedom and return home, according to court documents.

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