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FBI investigates fake Russian-speaking heiress who infiltrated Mar-A-Lago: report

U.S. officials are investigating a Russian-speaking Ukrainian immigrant and “self-proclaimed hustler” who claimed to be a wealthy heiress while infiltrating the highest echelons of Mar-a-Lago, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The startling case highlights the security challenges at Donald Trump’s resort even as the former president stashed top-secret US government files there.

Inna Yashchyshyn, who sported an expensive Rolex watch and drove a $170,000 Mercedes, allegedly told members of the private club that she was heiress to Europe’s wealthy Rothschild banking family and had connections to top promoters. real estate.

The woman – who was called Anna de Rothschild and was actually the daughter of an Illinois truck driver – tangled with Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) and other close associates of the men on “multiple” trips. and at various Mar-a-Lago functions, reported the Post-Gazette, which uncovered the story with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

“It was the almost perfect trick and she played the part,” John LeFevre, a former investment banker who met her and other guests around a club swimming pool, told the newspaper.

Yashchyshyn, 33, demonstrated “the ease with which someone with a false identity and a shadowy background” could slip through the security of Trump’s club, “one of America’s centers of power and the epicenter of the Republican Party politics,” the Post-Gazette noted.

The FBI obtained several documents related to Yashchyshyn as part of its investigation, including copies of two fake passports from the United States and Canada, the Post-Gazette reported. Investigators also reportedly have a Florida driver’s license belonging to “Anna de Rothschild” with the address of a $13 million mansion in Miami Beach where Yashchyshyn never lived.

No other details of the investigation were available and Yashchyshyn could not be reached for comment.

It wasn’t until March of this year that members of Trump’s entourage realized Yashchyshyn was an impostor, the Post-Gazette and OCCRP reported.

In 2019, a Chinese woman with two different passports and loaded with electronics managed to walk past a Secret Service agent saying she was heading for the pool at Mar-a-Lago.

Yujing Zhang received an eight-month prison sentence and was deported to China after being found guilty of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents.

Earlier this month, FBI officials seized several boxes of White House documents at Mar-a-Lago, including classified documents and top-secret information so sensitive it’s only supposed to be viewed at a facility. governmental secure.

Check out the full article from OCCRP and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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