A Justice Department official told ABC that Yujing Zhang, a Chinese national who was convicted in September of lying to a federal officer and entering restricted grounds, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.
Club staff mistakenly let Zhang into the facility on March 30. She told Secret Service officers she was there to swim and later told other officials she was there for a nonexistent meeting of Chinese American business leaders.
Investigators found several electronic devices on Zhang and in her hotel room, including four cellphones, an external hard drive and a device used to detect hidden cameras, but she was never charged with espionage-related offenses. Prosecutors initially claimed she had a flash drive containing malware but have since backtracked on that claim.
Zhang rejected a public defender in her trial and instead represented herself. She continued to insist, both herself and through court-appointed Mandarin translators, that she had done nothing wrong during the trial, telling jurors, “I followed the instruction. I went into the Mar-a-Lago to have a visit. So that’s what I want to say, and thank you for your attention.”