Mar-a-Lago employee says Chinese woman acted 'weird'

FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file court sketch, Yujing Zhang, left, a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, listens to a hearing before Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla. A receptionist at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club testified that a Chinese businesswoman was acting "weird and strange," causing her to alert a Secret Service agent posted near the lobby. Ariela Grumaz told a federal jury Tuesday, Sept. 10,2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that Yujing Zhang stood out on March 30 when she entered the club's ornate lobby as she violated rules by taking photos and video, gawked at the ornate furnishings and was wearing an evening dress at 1 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberating in the federal trial of a Chinese businesswoman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents.

The 10 women and two men are considering Wednesday whether Yujing Zhang lied to Secret Service agents March 30 to gain access to the club. Prosecutors say she got in by telling an agent she was there to use the pool. Club management thought she was the daughter of a member and let her inside. A receptionist stopped her and she allegedly told agents she was there for a United Nations Chinese-American friendship event that prosecutors say she knew was canceled.

The 33-year-old Shanghai consultant is representing herself at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, trial and says she is innocent. She could get six years if convicted.

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