Prosecutors want 18-month sentence for Mar-a-Lago trespasser

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) — Federal prosecutors want an 18-month prison sentence for a Chinese businesswoman convicted of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents.

Assistant United States (US) Attorney Rolando Garcia said in a court memo posted this week that he agrees sentencing guidelines suggest that Yujing Zhang get between zero and six months when she is sentenced on November 22 in Fort Lauderdale.

But Garcia urged District Judge Roy Altman to give Zhang, 33, a harsher sentence because she not only lied to agents after gaining admission to the president’s Palm Beach club on March 30 but also about her finances, hiding about USD50,000.

He said the Shanghai consultant also lied to agents when she said she had come to Mar-a-Lago to use the pool, which resulted in management believing she was related to a member named Zhang and granting her admission.

He said she also lied about why she was carrying four cellphones, a computer and an external hard drive at the club, telling agents she feared they would be stolen if she left them in her hotel room. But when agents checked the room, they found USD8,000, credit and debit cards and other electronic gear.