Mar-a-Lago trespasser deported to China
A Chinese businesswoman convicted of trespassing at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents in 2019 has been deported to China, the Miami Herald first reported Sunday.
The big picture: Yujing Zhang served an eight-month prison sentence before being transferred to immigration custody at the Glades County Detention Center in December 2019, per AP.
- Deportation delays during the pandemic meant Zhang was held there for three times as long as her prison term, the Herald notes. A December 2020 petition to speed up her deportation process failed.
Flashback: Prosecutors said following Zhang's March 2019 arrest that they found a device containing computer malware, among other items.
- Investigators later found $8,000 in U.S. and Chinese currency in the room of the Palm Beach hotel she was staying in.
- Zhang told the sentencing judge that Trump had invited her and that she went to Mar-a-Lago "to meet the president and family and just make friends," but these claims were dismissed as a lie, AP notes.