Nov 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Mar-a-Lago trespasser deported to China

 Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort where he resides after leaving the White House on February 13, 2021 in Palm Beach, Florida.

Former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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.
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