Zhang Yujing, the 33-year-old Chinese woman who stands accused of lying in order to get into President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, has been denied bail in her first court hearing, according to the South China Morning Post.
Yujing is facing charges of lying to federal officers and gaining access to a restricted area. In the incident, she allegedly entered Mar-a-Lago in March, telling Secret Service she was there to use the pool, and then telling reception staff “she was there to attend a function and mingle with members of the Trump family,” according to the charges.
On her person, Zhang was found with multiple phones and a thumb drive that contained malware. In her hotel room, police found a signal detector that can be used for finding hidden cameras.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia says that it is “possible” that Zhang might face more charges in the incident. Among the charges she may eventually face is espionage.
In court on Monday, Judge William Matthewman said Zhang was a serious flight risk as there is no extradition agreement between China and the United States. He said he didn’t feel like bail would assure Zhang would show up in trial.
The South China Morning Post notes, “While stressing that Zhang was innocent until proven otherwise, he said it appeared to the court that she was “up to something nefarious” when she allegedly tried to gain unlawful access to Mar-a-Lago.”
Zhang has pled not guilty. She faces up to six years in prison if convicted on the current charges.