Hearing to resume next week for woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago

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Reports: Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

A Chinese woman charged with bluffing her way into President Donald Trump's Florida resort will remain in custody at least another week, a federal magistrate ruled on Monday.

Speaking at Yujing Zhang's bail hearing Monday in West Palm Beach, prosecutor Rolando Garcia said agents also found $8,000 in USA and Chinese currency in her room at the Colony Hotel on Palm Beach, along with nine USB drives, five USB cards, and several credit cards in her name.

But when officers went into Zhang's room at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, they found $7,620.11 in American currency and $663 in Chinese money.

Zhang talked her way into the club, carrying a large number of electronic devices including malware on a thumb drive. She was arrested after agents determined she had no legitimate reason to be at the club. She didn't have a swimsuit.

It's unclear what Zhang's objective was.

Yujing Zhang, 33, appeared in Florida court on charges she lied to Secret Service agents to slip into the resort last month. An attorney for Zhang declined to comment, citing an office policy of not commenting on pending cases.

At first, she told a special agent at Mar-a-Lago she wanted to visit the pool at the beach club.

A golf cart shuttle driver then took her to the club's main reception area, where Ms Zhang claimed she was to attend a "United Nations Chinese American Association" event, and then told a Secret Service agent a "United Nations Friendship Event" on the premises - neither of which existed. Zhang first underwent a physical screening from a Secret Service agent and then was referred to Mar-a-Lago security. Zhang was asked if a Mar-a-Lago member with the same last name was her father, but Zhang allegedly didn't give a clear answer.

Zhang attended her pretrial detention hearing in West Palm Beach on Monday. The screening was meant to determine whether Zhang had any prohibited items.

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"The Mar-a-Lago club management determines which members and guests are granted access to the property", the agency said in its statement.

Meanwhile, all signs suggest the president will continue selling access to his White House to most any well-heeled individual - foreign or domestic - who's willing to pay the $200,000 membership fee at his (poorly secured) winter White House.

At that point, Zhang presented documentation that she said was her invitation to the event, but it was written in Chinese and the agent could not read it. No such event was scheduled at the resort.

The receptionist alerted law enforcement.

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

"Based on all the lies she's told to folks she encounters and the fact she has zero ties to the United States of America", Garcia urged the judge to detain Zhang before her trial. That's when a search of her bag allegedly revealed that she was carrying a full load of devices.

"As a taxpayer, I'm very concerned about where Agent Ivanovich's laptop is and where it's been since he plugged a malicious USB into it", Jake Williams, a former hacker for the National Security Agency who is now a cofounder of Rendition Infosec, said on Twitter.

Zhang, who was shackled during the hearing, did not speak other than to say "yes" in response to the judge's questions about whether she understood the proceedings.

The Secret Service spoke with her - and she answered them - in English during more than four hours of questions, Ivanovich said.

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