Menendez Slapped With More Charges

Menendez Slapped With More Charges

( – In September 2023, federal prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) indicted Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), his wife, and three accomplices for reportedly accepting bribes from the Egyptian government. SDNY prosecutors filed superseding indictments against the senator in October 2023 and January 2024, adding charges related to acting as an agent for Egypt and working for Qatar. A recent report indicated that lightning struck a fourth time, adding a new chapter to his legal woes.

On March 5, SDNY prosecutors filed a third superseding indictment against Menendez, his wife, and two of the couple’s co-defendants. The remaining defendant, businessman Jose Uribe, pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges on March 1 and agreed to testify against his former associates.

The 66-page superseding indictment includes eighteen total felony counts “as to” Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez (aka “Nadine Arslanian”), including a new count related to their alleged effort to obstruct justice in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1503 and 2.

The document accuses the couple of writing letters and checks “falsely characterizing the return of bribe money” to two of their co-defendants as loan repayments. It also accuses them of knowingly causing their counsel to make representations to investigators to “interfere” with the ongoing criminal probe into their activities.

The new indictment also accuses Menendez’ wife of meeting with Uribe shortly after federal investigators executed search warrants at the Menendez residence. She reportedly discussed payments for a convertible Mercedes-Benz given to her by the businessman shortly after the senator agreed to use his leverage as a lawmaker to “influence” the prosecution of one of Uribe’s associates. Prosecutors allege he agreed to tell investigators those payments were loans.

Menendez lashed out at SDNY prosecutors in a statement, calling the latest courting filing a “flagrant abuse of power.” He also accused the government of stopping at “nothing in their zeal to get me.” Mendendez professed his innocence and vowed to “prove it, no matter how many charges [prosecutors] continue to pile on” him.

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