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Mar-a-Lago trespasser found guilty on 2 counts

Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman detained in March for trespassing at Mar-a-Lago -- President Donald Trumps Florida country club -- was found guilty of lying to federal agents and for entering a restricted area.Interested in Donald Trump?Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Donald TrumpAdd InterestZhang, who represented herself after declining the courts offer of a public defender, appeared to show no emotion upon receiving the verdict. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.On March 30, she was mistakenly allowed in by Mar-a-Lago staff.

In addition to the purported trespassing, prosecutors alleged that she lied to Secret Service officers as she was let through the checkpoints. She was only discovered when a receptionist realized her name was not on the access list for the club.She was then being questioned and surrounded by more agents.

She had a blank face, total control. She was answering their questions [in English], Ariela Grumaz, a receptionist at Mar-a-Lago, testified on Tuesday.Zhangs trial was initially delayed after a bizarre pretrial hearing in August.(MORE: After odd hearing, trial date moved for alleged Mar-a-Lago trespasser Yujing Zhang)During the hearing Zhang, at times, appeared to not hear the judge, refused to answer some questions verbally, claimed she was feeling sick and dizzy, and generally didnt cooperate with the proceedings.

Im not available today, she said.U.S. Judge Roy Altman of Floridas Southern District accused Zhang of playing games with the court.Zhang moved between speaking English and Mandarin in the courtroom this week.
Obtained by ABC NewsA passport photo of Yujing Zhang, alleged Mar-a-Lago intruder, was entered into evidence during a pre-trial hearing in Florida.

(MORE: Court hearing sheds new light on alleged Mar-a-Lago intruder Yujing Zhang)She was born in 1986, and told a Florida court in April that she works for a Chinese company called Shanghai Zhirong Assets Managements Corporation. She also owns a home in China worth approximately $1.3 million and drives a BMW.

(MORE: Alleged Mar-a-Lago intruder had cash, technical equipment in hotel room: Prosecutors)When Zhang was detained, investigators said they found several electronic devices on her and in her room at a local hotel, purportedly including a device to detect hidden cameras. Early on, prosecutors suggested Zhang was being investigated for potential links to espionage, but no further charges have been brought.

Before they were initially dismissed, public defenders for Zhang argued the whole thing was a misunderstanding and said she had not made direct misrepresentations to federal agents as alleged.The government argued that she clearly did something wrong by going onto the property in the first place, then by lying to federal agents.

.After about half a day of testimony from government witnesses, Zhang would at times refer to her assigned public.....


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