A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, indicted13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations for the supposed interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. The indictment alleges that the citizens were working with the organizations. All 16 defendants were charged with conspiracy to defraud the US. The indictment reads: From in or around 2014 to the present, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, Defendants ... knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State in administering federal requirements for disclosure of foreign involvement in certain domestic activities. The indictment alleges that the defendants created fake social media accounts where they pretended to be Americans, in some cases, stealing the identities of actual American citizens. The accounts were created to influence American voters. The defendants posted material that supported Donald Trump while discrediting Hillary Clinton. The indictment also reads, "Some Defendants, posing as US. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities." Three defendants are also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants are additionally charged with aggravated identity theft.
US grand jury indicts 16 Russian sitizens and companies for the supposed interfering in US election
A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, indicted13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations for the supposed interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. All 16 defendants were charged with conspiracy to defraud the US.