U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and his wife indicted on federal bribery charges


U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and his wife have been indicted on federal bribery charges, allegedly accepting cash, gold bars, a luxury vehicle and more as part of a “corrupt relationship” to aid three business with their relationship with the Egyptian government.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“From at least 2018 up to and including in or bout 2022, Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez … engaged in a corrupt relationship with three New Jersey associates and businessmen – Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, the defendants,” the indictment begins.

” … In which [the Menendezes] agreed to and did accept hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using Menendez’s power and influence as a Senator to seek to protect and enrich Hana, Uribe, and Daibes and to benefit the Arab Republic of Egypt. Those bribes included cash, gold, payments toward a home mortgage, compensation for a low-or-no-show job, a luxury vehicle, and other things of value.”

Federal prosecutors charge that New Jersey’s senior senator promises to take “a series of official acts and breaches of duty in exchange for bribes” that benefitted him and his wife Nadine.

He is also accused of using his power and influence to benefit the Egyptian government and Hana, proving sensitive government information to aid the government of Egypt and also pressuring officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect a business monopoly for Hana.

Menendez is the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while Hana owns the Edgewater-based meat company IS EG Halal, which has the only contract with Egypt through the USDA that allows them to certify all imported halal meat.

Furthermore, Menendez is accused of using his sway to disrupt a criminal investigation into Uribe and then recommend a U.S. Attorney in New Jersey that he could influence into the corruption case of Daibes.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger has raised funds for Menendez in the past, at least part of the reason he and his office recused themselves from this matter.

In June of last year, FBI agents executed a search warrant on their Englewood Cliffs home and confiscated cash, gold bars, a 2019 BMW, and a safe deposit box.

“Over $480,000 in cash much of it stuffed into envelopes and hidden in clothing, closets, and a safe—was discovered in the home, along with over $70,000 in Nadine Menendez’s safe deposit box. Some of the envelopes contained the fingerprints and/or DNA of Daibes or his driver,” the indictment says.

Daibes, an Edgewater-based developer, pleaded guilty to federal banking crimes last spring and was sentenced on Wednesday. He received no mail time.

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.

He and his wife are charged with three counts: conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, and conspiracy to commit extortion under color and official right. Hana, Uribe, and Daibes are charged with the first two counts.

The latest round of subpoenas in the case were issued in May, which included state Senator (D-32)/North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, as HCV first reported.

Sacco and state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack sponsored the Palisades Cliffs Protection Act, a stalled bill that would have limited development in parts of Hudson and Bergen counties and prosecutors were investigating if it could have benefitted Daibes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District is hosting a press conference at 11 a.m. to discuss the indictment further.

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  1. A perfect example of white privilege as Joe Biden and his family received tens of millions of dollars in bribes from Communist China plus millions from Romania, Russia and Ukraine oligarchs.

    The Biden Family money laundered tens of millions from these countries through at least 20 shell companies. Nothing has happened but an inquiry by the House of Representatives.

    Senator Menendez is only accussed of a tiny fraction by comparison. Maybe he made a mistake. Where is the justice?

    • You lie when you fein compassion for Senator Menendez, as sure as you lie about President Biden and his family. Be careful your Pied Piper Trump doesn’t lead you off a cliff.

      • Bob is being targeted by some DNC honcho while demented, corrupt Joe mumbles and stumbles along with $50 million in loot from his global Joe Bribem tour.

        Two tiers of justice!

        • It really takes a certain level of insanity to say Joe Biden is orchestrating an imaginary Bribery tour raking in all sorts of money, with no proof whatsoever this is actually happening, but that he is also a dementia ridden senile person.

          Make up your insane mind

          • Imaginary? What kind of drugs are you on? They’ve already identified $20 million in laundered money through over a dozen shell companies.

            Your denial means 💩

            There’s an estimated $50 million and the records are being obtained direct from banks through the shell companies. Joe Biden even kept the Putin-connected Moscow oligarch off the sanctions list after $3.5 million found its way to the Biden Crime Family coffers.

            To this very day!

            Talk about being demented, Joe Biden isn’t the only one. If you were so sure of your lies here, you’d sign your name to it. Of course you won’t, coward.

  2. Menendez , Sires , they been corrupt for years but they were always protected by the Hudson county corrupt machine . Where else would you be a congressmen for years , get everything for free , cars, security , meals , free health insurance then go back to a small town like WNY unless you intend to steal even more. Don’t forget Menendez went to DR and had a good time . And sires was Mayor when west new PD got raided . They all corrupt !!!!

  3. does this mean there will be a brief lull, maybe 15 minutes, in the thoroughly hypocritical gop feigned outrage about the “weaponized doj”?

    of course not. back to the show trial for the unloaded fire-arm that was owned for 11 days and never fired. ask any federal prosecutor if they have ever filed charges for that before. but of course all of those prosecutors are part of the deep state and paid by soros and covering up pizza-gate. and so on and so on. the one bit of good news is that the magas are destroying the republican party from within. they got a taste in the historically disastrous mid-terms. but the avalanche will come in 2024. so i guess we should all say “thanks for being so stupid, magas. and thanks for sucking up to them like the feckless coward you are, speaker mccarthy.”

    please note the many many many democrats rushing to menendez defense the way the republicans do with trump.

    • The hypocrisy is all yours. The gun charge is a distraction not criminally linked to Joe Biden unlike the massive global criminality of Joe Biden & the Biden Crime Family with Hunter as the bag man. Weaponized doj has been evading and covering up all of it – for years!

      Monies in the tens of millions collected and distributed to even Biden grandchildren and partisan lunatics like you anonymously bravely appear here to defend it all. That’s outright bribery by statute as described in the US Constitution and grounds for impeachment. You do love your criminal Democrats.

      You’re as stupid and corrupt as ever.

          • it’s typical of your complete lack of awareness that you’d quote a washed up fox-clown like megyn kelly to buttress your anti-vax drivel and not realize it has the opposite effect.

            why go looking for external sources? hoboken is as vaxxed and boosted as can be. it’s also media savvy and oozing entitlement. therefore, if there were ANY problems with vaccinations hoboken would be screaming and the media would cover it. but there are no hoboken stories. so what’s a maga toady to do? the usual – go dumpster-diving in the web trash and eat whatever you find. and what did the maga toady find?

            megyn kelly? the many morons of substack, epoch times, youtube grifters? it’s the usual the q-hustlers who figured out people like you are incapable of thinking for yourselves and will be happy to take your money to do it for you. and you’ll sit there with no life, no relationships, no money, no future – and act like you won something. not even pathetic.