Four of the gold bars that Sen. Bob Menendez had hidden in his home were previously stolen from a businessman accused of bribing New Jersey Democrats, according to a report.
The serial numbers on some of the money the FBI found during a June 2022 search of Menendez’s home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, were match identification numbers that Fred Dives reported to police after a 2013 armed robbery. According to NBC News.
The newspaper reported that the robbers took $500,000 in cash and 22 gold bars from Dybes’ home in Edgewater, New Jersey, during the 2013 robbery. Police subsequently arrested four suspects and recovered the stolen money.
Matching serial numbers indicate authorities have directly linked at least some of the gold found in Menendez’s home to Dives, a New Jersey real estate developer and Menendez fundraiser. Mr. Duybes is accused of bribing the senator for a series of favors, including helping to obstruct federal prosecution of the senator.
“Each gold bar has a unique serial number,” Duives told investigators in 2014 when questioned about the stolen gold. “They’re all stamped…no two things are stamped the same way.”
To get his money back, Dybes also signed a “property release form” proving the stolen items were his, the newspaper said.
Mr. Menendez, 69, was indicted on federal corruption charges in September in connection with an alleged years-long bribery scheme.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has accused Menendez and his wife, Nadine, 56, of what prosecutors called a “corrupt bribery arrangement” that benefited the couple and three New Jersey businessmen, Dybes and Wael. He was charged with three counts of conspiracy in connection with the incident. Hana and Jose Uribe and the Egyptian government.
Prosecutors allege that Duybes gave Nadine two gold bars, each weighing 1 kilogram, in March 2022 — at a time when the going rate for gold was $60,000 per kilogram. . Dives’ driver’s fingerprints were later found on an envelope containing thousands of dollars in cash recovered from the couple’s home, according to the indictment.
A total of 13 gold bars and $566,000 in cash, some stuffed in the senator’s jacket pocket, were discovered by the FBI during an investigation into bribery charges.
Menendez has strongly denied any wrongdoing and has refused to resign from the Senate despite numerous demands from Democrats to resign.
The Menendez couple are accused of accepting bribes from Duybes in return for the senator’s protection from criminal prosecution in a bank fraud case.
A New Jersey Democratic lawmaker is said to have supported Mr. Dives by encouraging President Biden to select Philip Selinger, who he believed would handle the case with a light touch, to the post of New Jersey federal prosecutor. ing.
If convicted on all charges, Menendez could face up to 45 years in prison.