A woman carrying two Chinese passports and a thumb drive containing malware was arrested by Secret Service agents after gaining entry to President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort.
The woman, Yujing Zhang, initially claimed to be on the premises to use a swimming pool, but later said she had arrived early for a United Nations Chinese American Association Event when questioned by a receptionist. There was no such event scheduled.
Zhang was then detained by Secret Service Special Agent Samuel Ivanovich with whom she became “verbally aggressive,” claiming she was onsite to speak with President Trump, who was golfing nearby.
She was arrested and charged with making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer and entering a restricted area. Zhang faces a maximum of six years in prison and $350,000 in fines. A search of her belongings revealed four cell phones, a laptop, a hard drive, and a thumb drive containing “malicious malware,” the nature of which has yet to be announced.
Zhang’s attorney has declined to comment.
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