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Prosecutors Found Cash, Gold Bars, Mercedes Benz at Senator’s Home

Prosecutors Found Cash, Gold Bars, Mercedes Benz at Senator’s Home

( – As part of an investigation into bribes they may have accepted from New Jersey businessmen, federal prosecutors say they found cash, gold bars, and a Mercedes Benz worth a total of more than $710,000 between Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and his wife, Nadine Menendez.

Three New Jersey businessmen, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, are accused of offering Menendez and his wife “hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes” in exchange for “his influence and power as a Senator to seek to protect and enrich” them and “benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt,” according to the indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

It indicates that in June 2022, prosecutors searched the Menendezes’ home. According to the lawsuit, federal officials found around $480,000 in cash during the search, including in envelopes packed inside jackets with the words “Robert Menendez” and “Senator Menendez” stitched on the chest.

According to the complaint, some envelopes found inside “clothing, closets, and a safe” contained Daibes’ or his driver’s fingerprints or DNA.

Additionally, cash worth up to $70,000 was found in a safety deposit box belonging to Nadine Menendez.

According to the charges, the gold bars that the authorities found in the Mendeze residence—worth over $100,000—were given to them by Daibes or Hana.

In exchange for “cash, furniture, and gold bars” between December 2020 and early 2022, Menendez “agreed to attempt to influence and attempted to influence the pending federal prosecution of” Daibes, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors claim that on March 31, 2022, months before his home was searched, Nadine Menendez transferred “two one-kilogram gold bars to be sold” to a Manhattan jeweler. The bars were purportedly Daines’s.

The indictment states that the serial numbers on the bars show that Daibes was their previous owner.

Prosecutors claim that the day before, Daibes and she had lunch together and that she later texted, “THANK YOU, Fred,” along with emojis of prayer hands, a heart, an “X,” and an “O.”

Furthermore, Uribe, the third codefendant in the couple’s case, is charged with giving the pair a Mercedes Benz in 2019 valued at over $60,000.

This was purportedly in return for Menedez’s claimed assistance in sabotaging a criminal investigation into a Uribe associate in New Jersey.

Additionally, Menendez is charged with utilizing “his power and influence, including his leadership role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to benefit the government of Egypt in various ways,” according to a press conference held on Friday by Damian Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

He said that, among other things, Senator Menendez “took steps to covertly aid the government of Egypt” and that he gave Egyptian officials access to private, sensitive U.S. government material.

The speaker added that the U.S. Department of Agriculture senior official was allegedly unlawfully coerced by Menendez to defend a lucrative monopoly that the Egyptian government had granted Hana.

According to his official senate website biography, Menendez, who will earn $174,000 in 2023 as a U.S. Senator, has not had a significant career in the private sector before entering politics.

He has spent most of his professional life in public office.

He was elected mayor of Union City, New Jersey, 1979, seven years after earning his law degree from Rutgers. After that, he held the office of state representative before being elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992.

He was elected to the upper chamber of Congress in 2005.

According to the statement, Nadine Menendez, previously Nadine Arslanian, was “unemployed” before starting a romantic relationship with Menendez in February 2018.

Menendez argued on Friday that the charges are unfounded, that he is the victim of a “smear campaign,” and that the prosecutors’ “excesses” are evident despite the enormous quantity of cash and gold bars allegedly found in their residence.

“It’s clear that these prosecutors have gone too far,” he stated. “They have misrepresented the typical duties of a Congressional office. Not satisfied with simply fabricating allegations against me, they have also targeted my wife for the lifelong friendships she had even before we were introduced.”

“Those who are supporting this campaign just do not believe that a first-generation Latino American from low-income origins can become a U.S. Senator and serve with dignity and honor,” he continued. “What’s worse is that they regard me as a roadblock to their more ambitious political objectives.”

Notably, the Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland and President Joe Biden are charging him.

United States of America v. Menendez, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Case No. 23 CRIM 490.

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