A woman carrying two passports from the People's Republic of China, four mobile phones and a thumb drive with "malicious malware" managed to skirt several layers of security in Mar-a-Lago at the weekend, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Florida.
An affidavit signed by a secret service agent described how Yujing Zhang, 32, allegedly made false statements to agents and made it deep into one of President Trump's marquee properties before a receptionist discovered she was not "on any Mar -a-Lago access list. "
According to court documents, Zhang arrived on Saturday after trying to use the pool. After a doubt as to whether Zhang was related to another member with the same surname and "because of a potential language barrier question … [security] she got access to the property." Agents later said that Zhang could speak English "freely and without difficulty."
Once inside Zhang, his story changed, according to the announcement, and told a receptionist that she was there to attend a "United Nations Chinese American Association" ̵
Later, Zhang told her that she was sent by a Chinese friend named "Charles" to travel from Shanghai to the Palm Beach resort to try to discuss "Chinese and American foreign economic relations" with a Trump family member according to the announcement.
Federal prosecutors in Florida have accused Zhang of making false statements to a federal agent and entering limited grounds.
President Trump spent the weekend in Mar-a-Lago, but at that time Zhang managed to access the resort, which the president was out on his nearby golf course.
The secret service says the investigation is in progress. Zhang's public defender did not respond promptly to a comment request.
This latest allegation of incorrect access to Mar-a-Lago comes in the wake of another controversy involving Chinese immigrant Cindy Yang. Through a concluding consulting firm, Yang appeared to advertise Chinese businessmen access to Trump and his inner circle at Mar-a-Lago.
Last month, the Congress Democrats asked the FBI to investigate and determine whether Yang's alleged activity constituted a counter-intelligence threat. In an interview, Yang told ABC News that she is not a threat and was only targeted because she is Chinese, a Republican and a Trump supporter.
Editor's Note: The Ministry of Justice initially identified incorrect Yujing Zhang's passports from the Republic of China, more commonly known as Taiwan. The agency later issued a correction that identified her passport from the People's Republic of China. The story has been updated to reflect the change.