Federal authorities have deported a Chinese businesswoman who was convicted of trespassing at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in 2019, The Hill reports.
Yujing Zhang traveled from China to Mar-a-Lago in March 2019 to attend a gala. She was arrested at the resort and found guilty of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents about her reasonings for being in Mar-a-Lago.
The 35-year-old businesswoman claimed at her sentencing hearing that she had gone to Mar-a-Lago to meet the former president and his family, CBS 12 News reports. Text messages presented at her trial implied that she was obsessed with former President Trump. She was ultimately given an eight-month prison sentence.
Authorities also found four cell phones, a computer and an external hard drive with Zhang when they arrested her. Some speculated she may have been a spy, but she was never charged with espionage.
Zhang was held in immigration custody for two years. According to The Hill, filed a habeas corpus petition in December 2020 to speed up her deportation to China. Authorities confirmed she was deported this week.
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