A Brazilian actress, a Ukrainian actress and a Dominican model were the three “girlfriends,” referred to as such in the federal indictment of Salomon Melgen and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), that Menendez allegedly used his influence to obtain visas for, according to the New York Post.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Menendez is alleged to have used his influence to expedite the visa process for girlfriends 1, 2 and 3 for Melgen, dating back to 2007 and 2008, according to federal prosecutors.
“Girlfriend 1” is identified as Juliana Lopes Leite, now 34, a former reality TV star in Brazil who has also posed nude in at least two Brazilian magazines, the report says.
She received her law degree from the University of Miami in 2010, with the indictment charging that Melgen’s non-profit foundation spent $39,961 to pay tuition for two students at the institution.
“Girlfriend 2” is said to be an unnamed Dominican model, now 28, and, along with her younger sister, obtained visas in late 2008 after a Menendez staffer pressed the issue with the U.S. Department of State official, the Post wrote. The model and a sister reportedly had a visa request denied before the senator had a staffer intervene.
Finally, the Post determined that “Girlfriend 3” is Svitlana Buchyk, now 28, whose request for a visa allegedly said she needed a visa to visit Melgen “undergo medical evaluation for plastic surgery,” prosecutors wrote in the 68-page indictment.