A woman with Chinese passports has been charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering a restricted area after she allegedly managed to deceive her way onto President Trump's Mar-a-Lago property Saturday with a malware-infected device. When Zhang tried to enter the club, Secret Service agents stopped her, according to the complaint, and she said she was going to the pool. No such event was on the schedule, so the receptionist called the Secret Service, according to court papers.
Special Agent Samuel Ivanovich of the Secret Service said in the complaint that she was carrying two passports, four cellphones, and computer equipment - including a thumb drive containing malware.
She had no swimsuit, the document said, despite her initial claim to be headed for a swim.
Mr. Trump was in West Palm Beach Saturday, although he was at his golf course away from Mar-a-Lago when the alleged incident began.
Zhang allegedly told an agent inside that she was there for the Chinese American event and had come early to familiarize herself with the club and take photos.
The woman bluffed her way into the resort by pretending she was a member who wanted to use the pool, but didn't speak very good English. And then, after claiming she wanted to access the pool, she said she was actually at Mar-a-Lago to attend a non-existent "united Nations Friendship Event" between the US and China.
According to the complaint, Zhang later told a receptionist a different story than she told the agents. Secret Service reportedly said she was not on the list, but a club manager thought she was related to a member of Mar-a-Lago with the same surname.
Prosecutors in South Florida allege Yujing Zhang lied to a Secret Service agent to access Mar-a-Lago, claiming after her arrest that she had flown from Shanghai to "speak with a member of the President's family about Chinese and American foreign economic relations". After she showed agents an invitation written in Chinese, agents told her she had to leave, because the event she was speaking of was not taking place.
On the website for her consulting business, Yang also advertised a March 30 "International Leaders Elite Forum", calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" and the first event at Mar-a-Lago with "the Chinese as the protagonist".
A massage parlor she formerly owned was also raided last month, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among those busted. The Secret Service declined comment, saying the investigation was still open.