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Yujing Zhang: Jury trial scheduled for May 28 for Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 11:32:58-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla -- A jury trial has been scheduled for May 28 in the case of 33-year old Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman arrested at Mar-a-Lago in late March after briefly gaining admission to President Trump's club.

Zhang has pleaded not guilty to charges of entering restricted property and lying to a Federal agent. A Federal judge issued an order for the jury trial to take place in Fort Lauderdale.

Earlier this week, a judge denied Zhang's bond request and ordered her to be held on pretrial detention, saying she's an extreme flight risk with no ties to the U.S. and could flee to China if she chose to. The United States and China have no formal extradition treaty.

At her bond hearing Monday, prosecutors said it's possible they could file more charges related to her arrest.

Investigators allege Zhang gained admission into Mar-a-Lago on March 30 by falsely telling security she was a member and was going to swim. She also told a front desk clerk she was there for a nonexistent Chinese/American event, the Secret Service said.

After her arrest, agents found a device in Zhang's hotel room that could detect hidden cameras, according to prosecutors. They also found $8,000 in U.S. and Chinese currency, nine USB drives, five USB cards, and several credit cards in her name.

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The jury trial will take place over two weeks, according to the order.

President Trump is scheduled to arrive in Palm Beach County later today for Easter weekend. It will mark his first visit to Mar-a-Lago since Zhang's arrest.


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