Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

An entranceway to President Donald Trump's Mar-a Lago resort is seen

An entranceway to President Donald Trump's Mar-a Lago resort is seen

Speaking at Yujing Zhang's bail hearing Monday in West Palm Beach, Florida, prosecutor Rolando Garcia says agents also found US and Chinese currency in her room, along with nine USB drives and five USB cards. There was also $8,000 in cash and several credit and debit cards, according to the Washington Post. She was arrested after Secret Service agents found her carrying four cellphones, an external hard drive and a thumb drive with computer malware installed.

Zhang told one of the U.S. Secret Service agents who protect the property she was there to use the pool and later told a second agent that she had been invited to a U.N. Chinese American Association event, though club officials determined no such event was scheduled.

Yujing Zhang, 32, was ordered held until her bond hearing resumes April 15 in West Palm Beach federal court.

"She lies to everyone she encounters", the newspaper quoted Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia as saying during the hearing.

The Secret Service has no audio security recordings of its interactions with her and what she said on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago.

A prosecutor said Zhang arrived in the US on March 28 at Newark Liberty International Airport. She was charged with two counts - making false statements to federal authorities and a misdemeanor offense of entering a restricted area without authorization. The event had been cancelled before Zhang arrived.

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As part of the hearing, Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich testified about his questioning of Zhang, and acknowledged a major misstep in investigation's early hours. Agents say that when they asked Zhang if the member was her father, she did not answer definitively but they thought it might be a language barrier and admitted her. "He had to immediately stop his analysis and shut down his computer in order to stop it".

There is also no indication that she personally knew Cindy Yang, a Chinese native, Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner who made news recently after it was learned she was promising Chinese business leaders that her consulting firm could get them access to Mar-a-Lago, where they could mingle with the president.

She said she worked as an investor and consultant who sought to develop business contacts in the U.S., but kept some money in a Wells Fargo account here.

Yujing Zhang has a detention hearing Monday before federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Florida.

There's been some dispute over how well Ms Zhang speaks and understands English, though the court did provide her with a language interpreter at the previous court hearing.

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