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Chinese national arrested for loitering Mar-a-Lago club

Posted: 3:57 PM, Dec 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-19 07:33:26-05
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Chinese national is charged with illegally entering President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, the second time this year that has happened.

Police say 56-year-old Jing Lu was arrested Wednesday with loitering and prowling after she refused to leave the Florida resort. She was being held at the Palm Beach County jail and being held on a detainer.

According to Palm Beach police, Jing Lu's visa was expired.

A Shanghai businesswoman was arrested in March after illicitly gaining admission to Mar-a-Lago. She was later convicted of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents and is being deported.

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Palm Beach police have confirmed there is an open investigation underway concerning Mar-a-Lago.

The Miami Herald reported it is in connection with another possible trespassing incident. WPTV has not independently confirmed that information.

The Herald said police were called to the club Wednesday.

A trespassing incident earlier this year led to the arrest of Yujing Zhang. She was accused of lying to Secret Service agents to gain access to the club. Authorities said Zhang had various electronic equipment, including a device to detect security cameras.

She was convicted and at her sentencing the 33-year-old Chinese woman told Judge Roy Altman she went to Mar A Lago last March to meet the president and his family to “make friends.”

The judge sentenced her to 8 months for being at Mar A Lago Illegally and lying to the Secret Service.

In May a college student was reportedly on the grounds at Mar-a-Lago for 20 minutes before he was arrested.

President Trump is expected to travel to Mar-a-Lago on Friday and spend Christmas and New Year's in Palm Beach.

This is a developing story and will be updated.