Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and his wife, Nadine, were indicted on corruption charges. Federal prosecutors announced the charges Friday and said that during a search of the senator’s home, they found $100,000 in gold bars and $480,000 in cash hidden.
According to the indictment, Menendez and his wife agreed to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for protecting three New Jersey businessmen – Wael “Will” Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes – and the benefit of Egypt.
“These bribes included cash, gold, mortgage payments, compensation for little or no work, a luxury vehicle and other things of value,” it said. the document.
The filing says Menendez used his power as a senator to benefit Hana and the Egyptian government. Menendez provided sensitive information to the U.S. government and “took other actions that covertly aided the Egyptian government.”
The court also found that Menendez promised to disrupt a criminal investigation and prosecution related to Uribe, and that the senator recommended that President Biden’s nominee for U.S. attorney for New Jersey be someone “who Menendez, could be influenced by Menendez” regarding the prosecution of Daibes.
In June 2022, FBI agents executed search warrants at Menendez’s home and found more than $480,000 in cash, “much of which was stuffed in envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets and a safe.” -strong “.
Officers found envelopes stuffed with cash in jackets with Menendez’s name on them. Their search uncovered household furniture, a luxury vehicle and gold bars, all provided by the businessmen.
This is Menendez’s second indictment and unrelated to the previous accusation that he accepted lavish gifts and campaign contributions from a Florida doctor to pressure government officials.
The Senate Historical Office said Menendez appears to be the first sitting senator in history to be charged with two unrelated criminal allegations, The Associated Press found.
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