Woman who breached Mar-a-Lago in 2019 and served eight months deported to China

Zhang was charged with making false statements unlawfully entering restricted area but not espionage

Updated: November 16, 2021 - 9:55am

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The Chinese businesswoman convicted of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and lying to Secret Service agents has been deported, more than two years after serving her sentence.

Yujing Zhang was deported over the weekend, federal authorities told the Associated Press. She was turned over to immigration officials in December 2019 after serving her eight-month sentence.

But she was held at the Glades County Detention Center for three times as long as her prison term largely because of deportation delays amid the pandemic, immigration authorities told the Miami Herald.

Zhang said went to Mar-a-Lago in March 2019 to "meet the president and family and just make friends" and claimed Trump told reporters he had invited her to the Palm Beach resort, the wire service also reports.

She was charged with making false statements and unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds.

It's unclear what Zhang’s motives were, but she was not charged with espionage.

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