CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A political Trump rally held in the fall of 2016 in the Queen City was allegedly organized by Russians, according to a 37 page indictment released on Friday.
The indictment, brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The charges are the most direct allegation to date of illegal Russian meddling in the election.
The indictment alleges that defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled "Charlotte Against Trump" in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about Nov. 19, 2016.
In a news conference held by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday, they said there is no evidence that any U.S. citizens knew the organized rallies were fraud.
FOX 46 Charlotte covered this rally.
The goal, the indictment says, was to "sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election."
Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. To read the full 37-page indictment, click here.