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CrimeChinese woman in Mar-a-Lago trespassing case fights criminal charges

19:51  10 september  2019
19:51  10 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Trial of alleged Mar-a-Lago intruder begins Monday

Trial of alleged Mar-a-Lago intruder begins Monday The trial of a Chinese woman accused of lying her way through a Secret Service checkpoint at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this year is set to begin Monday, bringing with it windows into sensitive security operations at the so-called Winter White House and ongoing Beijing espionage efforts. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.Yujing Zhang, a 33-year-old businesswoman from Shanghai, has been in federal custody since a receptionist at the ritzy Palm Beach club first grew suspicious on a Saturday afternoon in March. Zhang had told a first ring of security that she was there that afternoon to use the pool.

Read more: Chinese woman accused of Mar - a - Lago trespass angers judge. Zhang was arrested March 30 after she allegedly lied to get past a Weinstein said prosecutors will find the case more difficult because not only do they also have to watch out for reversible errors Zhang might make, their

Mar - a - Lago member. “The sad fact is that if a Mandarin interpreter had been provided at that first Secret Service checkpoint “I don’t understand how this would support a trespassing charge after making no Grand Jury Indicts Chinese Woman on Charges of Lying and Trespass at Mar - a - Lago .

FOR LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Chinese national arrested for bluffing her way onto U.S. President Donald Trump's Florida resort carrying a variety of electronic gear, sparking questions about whether she was an intelligence threat, faces her first full day of trial on Tuesday.

Chinese woman in Mar-a-Lago trespassing case fights criminal charges© Reuters/Joe Skipper FILE PHOTO: Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club is shown ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Palm Beach

The defendant, Yujing Zhang, 33, is acting as her own attorney before U.S. District Judge Roy Altman and a 12-member jury in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom on charges of making false statements to a federal officer and trespassing on restricted property.

Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago stalls jury selection over lack of underwear

Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago stalls jury selection over lack of underwear The Chinese woman accused of illegally entering President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with several electronic devices and then lying to the Secret Service about it is finally about to have her day in federal court -- but the bizarre case took an even stranger turn Monday when jury selection was reportedly interrupted by the defendant's lack of underwear. © FoxNews.com Several credit card, $8K in cash, and 9 USB drives found in suspect's hotel room; Phil Keating reports from West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Mar - a - Lago club, where US President Donald Trump is spending Easter weekend, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, Apr 21, 2019. The defendant, Yujing Zhang, 33, appeared before US District Judge Roy Altman and a 12-member jury in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom on charges of making false statements

Yujing Zhang, left, a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar - a - Lago club, listens to a hearing. Fort Lauderdale - A Chinese national arrested for bluffing her way onto U.S. President Donald Trump's Florida resort went on trial acting as her own attorney on

In a brief opening statement to the jury on Monday, she said, "I don't know why I'm here."

Her approach clearly rankled the judge, who urged her to reconsider her decision to represent herself.

"You're unprepared," Altman told her. "The trial is going to get very sophisticated very quickly ... I strongly recommend (the public defender) step in as your lawyer."

If convicted, she faces up to six years in a federal prison.

Prosecutors said they expect the trial to end on Wednesday.

At the time of Zhang's arrest, in an incident that raised concerns about security at the Florida resort, investigators found in Zhang’s possession four cellphones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive device and a thumb drive, the Secret Service said in a court filing. Initial examination of the thumb drive determined it contained "malicious malware," the Secret Service said.

After the trove of electronics was found on Zhang, a search of her Palm Beach hotel room reportedly uncovered a device meant to detect hidden cameras and nearly $8,000 in cash.

(Editing by Scott Malone and Steve Orlofsky)

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