The pair have been accused of receiving bribes in order to exert influence that benefited the nation of Egypt, as well as three local associates and businessmen, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, all of whom are also listed as defendants in the case.
According to the Department of Justice, Menendez and his wife "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."
The 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."
Menendez allegedly "provided sensitive US Government information and took other steps that secretly aided the Government of Egypt," and "improperly advised and pressured an official at the United States Department of Agriculture for the purpose of protecting a business monopoly granted to Hana by Egypt and used in part to fund the bribes being paid to Menendez" via his wife.
He also allegedly sought to "disrupt a criminal investigation and prosecution undertaken by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office related to Urbie ... and his associates," and recommended that President Biden nominate a US Attorney for the District of New Jersey who "could be influenced by Menendez" with respect to the federal criminal prosecution of Daibes.
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