A judge denied bail for the Chinese woman accused of lying her way into President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
Yujing Zhang appeared in West Palm Beach federal court in shackles and a dark blue jump suit with her public defenders and two interpreters Monday.
The secret service arrested the 33-year-old last month after they say she talked her way past several checkpoints and onto Mar-a-Lago property before telling the club’s receptionist she was there to attend an event that did not exist.
Prosecutors revealed in court Monday Zhang knew the event, which her lawyers say was booked through a vacation package for $20,000, was cancelled before coming to the U.S.
Once detained agents say they found Zhang carrying four cellphones, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive with computer malware.
However, prosecutors told the judge Monday the malware could not be detected a second time, and may have been a false positive.
Arguing for her release on bond Zhang’s lawyers told the judge if a Mandarin interpreter would’ve been present at the first checkpoint to Mar-a-Lago this would have never happened, calling it a “genuine misunderstanding.”
Prosecutors argue it was much more than that.
The judge agreed Zhang was a flight risk, and denied her bail.
She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The judge said it does appear Zhang was up to something “nefarious.”
He was especially concerned to learn that Zhang was just an arm’s reach from a computer at Mar-a-Lago during her brief time inside.
Prosecutor Rolando Garcia said Monday that future charges are possible.