Feds: Senator Menendez accepted bribes from Daibes to help Qatar dealings


U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is accused of accepting bribes from prominent North Jersey developer Fred Daibes in exchange for his help on a multi-million dollar business deal connected to the Qatar government.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The superseding indictment, the third from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York since late September, contains no new charges, but instead new allegations of an alleged corrupt relationship between Menendez and Dabies.

“In or about 2023, the Qatari Investment Company entered into a joint venture with a company controlled by Fred Dabies, the defendant, and invested tens of millions of dollars into the project,” federal prosecutors allege.

“Therefore, Robert Menendez, the defendant, continued to receive things of value from the Qatari Investment Company. In particular, on or about May 2023, the Qatari Investor caused four tickets for the 2023 Formula Grand Prix race in Miami to be provided to the relative [of Nadine Menendez, the senator’s wife].”

Senator Menendez is also accused of making “several public statements” in support of Qatar around this time, as well as introducing Daibes to Qatari investors and even a member of their ruling family.

 The Daily Beast first reported on the Qatari dealings in May.

Menendez, then the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his wife are accused of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion under color and official right.

They are also accused of having a “corrupt relationship” with Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Daibes, who are all New Jersey businessmen. Those three are charged with the first two counts.

Furthermore, Menendez allegedly traded government secrets with the country of Egypt to help secure a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract with Hana’s halal meat company.

Overall, the indictment charges that the Menendezes accepted corrupt payments for their mortgage, a 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300, $486,471 in cash, another $79,760 from the safe deposit box, two one-kilogram gold bars, and 11 one-ounce gold bars.

Additionally, the first superseding indictment from October charges that New Jersey’s senior senator acted as a foreign agent to Egypt.

Menendez has hinted he will seek re-election on several occasions, but is yet to make a formal announcement either way.

Last week, a federal judge ruled against postponing his trial, keeping the date set for May 6th, about a month before the June 4th, 2024 primary election.

U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3) and First Lady Tammy Murphy, Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) wife, are declared Democratic Senate candidates angling to succeed Menendez and both have been highly critical of the charges against the incumbent.

Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/hcvcp/public_html/wp-content/themes/Hudson County View/includes/wp_booster/td_block.php on line 353


  1. “A lot of people say things about Bob Menendez. I want you to know the Bob Menendez that I know. He’s not a man who was – who hit triple and ah, ah, thought, thought he, thought he – waa ehh ahhhh – well you know that saying about hitting a triple and think you landing on third base!!! All right?!

    The guy worked – the guy worked for everything he’s ever had. He’s *earned* everything he’s ever had! He ran for school board as a 20-year-old and has earned his keep!

    Nothing was given to Senator Menendez!

    He is the true embodiment of the American dream!”

    -Ravinder Singh Bhalla, November 5, 2018

    Candidate for US Congress,

    NJ-Censured Attorney, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP,

    Occasional Hoboken Mayor,

    CNN and MSNBC Political Pundit,

    Most Honest & Greatest Human Being Alive


    • In fairness, Bhalla never believed that stuff. He only said it because he thought sucking up the Menendez Sr was the way to get to Congress. Then after Menendez Sr chose his son instead (only Bhalla and his bots were surprised), Bhalla still thought it best to suck up and endorse Jr, hoping to get Menendez Sr to help him become a judge as a consolation prize. Might have happened too if Bhalla didn’t have this long pesky record of disciplinary action for his many ethical lapses as a lawyer.