Woman convicted of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago deported to China: Reports

Former President Donald Trump has scored a legal victory in a dispute with a Chinese businesswoman.

According to reports, 35-year-old Yujing Zhang has been deported following her 2019 arrest and subsequent conviction for trespassing on the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Background on the case

As the Washington Examiner reported, she was sentenced to eight months of time already served and then turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be deported as a convicted criminal foreigner.

That deportation hit a snag, however, and was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local news media noted that Zhang arrived at the golf resort dressed in an evening gown, ostensibly as an invited guest at a benefit gala in March 2019.

That event had been canceled days earlier, though, and prosecutors maintained that she was aware of that fact prior to her visit. She was arrested at that time on suspicion of trespassing.

She was later accused of lying to law enforcement after Secret Service agents indicated that they believed she had been purposefully misleading about her true motive for being there.

Deportation delayed due to COVID-19

The Examiner pointed out that a search of her possessions turned up multiple Chinese passports and cellphones, a laptop, another device containing malware, and thousands of dollars in cash.

Zhang was sentenced in November 2019 to the time she had already served prior to sentencing by U.S. District Judge Roy Altman.

The following month, she sought release on bond from ICE detention but was denied over concerns that she could pose a flight risk. Months later, the nation was in the grip of a pandemic and her once-imminent deportation was put on the back burner.

Over the course of the public health crisis, Zhang filed a petition to speed up the deportation process. According to The Hill, she argued that she had no money and no attorney, having fired her public defender and represented herself during the trial.

As for why she was actually at Mar-a-Lago, there remains plenty of unresolved speculation. During the trial, she insisted that she wanted to meet personally and his family. This week, she got her wish and is now bound for China once again.

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