(WNY News Now) – Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with his wife and three businessmen, has been charged with bribery, corruption, and conspiracy in a complex case involving gifts and political favors.
Senator Bob Menendez, a key figure in New Jersey’s political landscape and the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is facing serious charges of bribery and corruption. The indictment alleges that Menendez accepted bribes, including a luxury car, expensive exercise machines, mortgage payments, gold bullion, and over $500,000 in cash. In exchange, he is accused of using his political influence to benefit New Jersey businessmen and increase U.S. assistance to Egypt.
The indictment also implicates Mr. Menendez’s wife, Nadine Menendez, and three businessmen: Fred Daibes, a prominent New Jersey builder; Wael Hana, the founder of a halal meat certification company; and Jose Uribe, a former insurance agent. All five defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. The senator and his wife are additionally charged with conspiracy to commit extortion under the color of official right.
This isn’t Senator Menendez’s first brush with legal troubles. In 2015, he was indicted alongside Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, on charges related to a bribery scheme. Menendez has denied the current allegations and has resisted calls for his resignation amid the charges.