New York: New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and his wife Nadian Arslanian Menendez were indicted earlier today on bribery charges. Prosecutors have revealed that $480,000 in hidden cash and gold bars worth $100,000 dollars were found in the Senator’s house.
Bob Menendez, who is also the Chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has been indicted for the second time in 10 years. In his first indictment, the New Jersey senator had been found guilty of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron in exchange for official favours. However, his 2017 trial ended in a jury deadlock.
Prosecutors have revealed that the hidden cash and gold bar found in the Menendez house have been seized by the Justice Department.
The federal government is now seeking for the New Jersey couple to forfeit their assets such as a 2019 Mercedes Benz, around $560,000 in cash and gold bars and funds from their bank accounts.
“The senator and his wife accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for Sen. Menendez using his power and influence to protect and to enrich those businessmen and to benefit the government of Egypt,” stated Damian Williams, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Bob Menendez and his wife have been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion under colour of official right. Along with the New Jersey couple, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes, three businessmen from the state have been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.