Gold bars stashed in Dem senator’s home recovered after 2013 violent robbery

Some gold nuggets discovered by federal agents at the home of Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez as part of a high-profile bribery investigation can be traced back to a violent robbery a decade ago.

A sweeping indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors in September accuses the Menendezs of a multiyear bribery scheme involving the Egyptian government and local businessmen, including wealthy New Jersey real estate developer Fred Dives. There is a suspicion that he was involved. Prosecutors said they recovered several gold bars from Menendez’s home that were allegedly used as payment for the scheme.

At least four of the gold bars found by investigators could be linked to Dives. That’s because of the unique serial numbers engraved on them and court documents related to her 2013 robbery case, in which Duives was the victim. NBC New York investigation reveals Monday. In November 2013, four assailants beat Dives at gunpoint in her Edgewater, New Jersey, apartment and stole 22 gold bars, jewelry and cash.

“Each gold bar has a unique serial number,” Dybes ​​told local investigators in a 2014 recording obtained by NBC New York. “They’re all stamped…You can’t see two things stamped the same way.”

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Photo evidence released in September’s federal indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D.N.J.) shows a gold bar with the serial number 590005. The same gold bars were also stolen in a 2013 robbery. (U.S. District Court)

For example, a photo released by the Justice Department in September showing gold bars found in Menendez’s home revealed that one had the serial number 590005. According to a report by NBC New York, Duives reported that gold bars with the same serial number were stolen during a 2013 robbery.

And the federal indictment notes that the serial numbers on the gold bars indicate they were previously owned by Dybes.

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“A court-authorized search of the residence of defendants Robert Menendez and Nadine Menendez, aka “Nadine Arslanian,” revealed, among other things, approximately two 1-kilogram gold bars and nine 1-ounce gold bars. The bars were revealed. “It had a serial number indicating it had previously been owned by defendant Fred Dives,” the indictment states.

Additionally, when Dybes ​​reported a robbery to police in 2013, he said 22 gold bars were stolen. Similarly, the September indictment states that Duybes sold 22 gold bars to Wael Hana, another defendant allegedly involved in the bribery scheme.

Sen. Bob Menendez (DN.J.) was indicted on bribery charges in September. Since then, he has repeatedly maintained that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. (Getty Images | United States District Court for the Southern District of New York)

Police eventually arrested and charged four people with robbing Dives in 2013, according to local media reports. All suspects were subsequently found guilty in September 2015 and ultimately sentenced to several months in prison.

Meanwhile, Menendez has repeatedly maintained his innocence and remained in the Senate since the federal bribery indictment was unsealed earlier this year.

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“The allegations leveled against me are just that, allegations,” Menendez said on September 25. “Anyone who has known me throughout my 50 years of public service knows that I have always fought for what is right. I have always been consistent in my advocacy.” And Cuba This is something I learned growing up as the son of refugees, especially from my mother and my hero, Evangelina Menendez. Everything I have achieved is the result of my hard work, despite the naysayers and everyone who has underestimated me.

“I strongly believe that once all the facts come out, not only will I be acquitted, but I will still be New Jersey’s senior senator,” he added. “The court of public opinion is no substitute for our nation’s respected justice system. When the harm is irreparable, the presumption of innocence cannot be ignored for political expediency.”



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