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Sen. Menendez of NJ faces bribery, related offenses in second criminal case

By: - September 22, 2023 11:56 am

Sen. Bob Menendez was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Federal authorities have indicted U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez for the second time, charging him with conspiracy to commit bribery and related offenses over his alleged aid to a North Jersey businessman and attempt to disrupt criminal probes into allies.

Menendez, a Democrat facing reelection next year, was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion under the color of official right.

Authorities accused the senator and his wife, Nadine Menendez, of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for official favors meant to aid three men — Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes.

Some of the bribes were paid in gold or a luxury vehicle, among other things, authorities said. Menendez has previously denied any wrongdoing.

Friday’s charges mark the second time federal authorities have lodged a criminal case against Menendez. A previous 2017 corruption trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

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Nikita Biryukov
Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov is a reporter for the New Jersey Monitor, a sibling site of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. He most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe