GREENSBORO, N.C. (WBTV/AP) - Federal prosecutors in North Carolina have announced voter fraud charges against 19 non-citizens accused of illegally casting a ballot in 2016.
Each defendant voted in a federal election in 2016, and one defendant also voted in 2018, according to a news release Wednesday from the office of U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin.
In some instances, the defendants were also charged with related offenses such as making a false statement.
One of the people included 48-year-old Manuel Efrain Valladares, of Concord.
Brief charging documents provided few details about the allegations against any of the defendants.
Many did not have an attorney listed in court records.
Officials say charging instruments such as Indictments and Informations merely allege that crimes have been committed. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
These matters were investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.