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Man Accused Of Providing Bob Menendez’s Wife With Mercedes Pleads Guilty To Bribery

The New York Times reported that a defendant indicted along with New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez in a federal corruption case pleaded guilty to the charges against him on Friday.

Jose Uribe is a convicted felon and New Jersey businessman with interests in trucking and insurance. was indicted On September 22, 2023, he was indicted for allegedly participating in several schemes to use his political influence to pay bribes to Mr. Menendez in exchange for favors. On Friday, Mr. Uribe became the first defendant in the case. plead guilty to seven sins The Times reported on conspiracy charges including bribery, wire fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion, among other charges. (Related: Details of Bob Menendez's bribery scheme are totally cartoonish)

Judge Sidney Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, appointed by former President Bill Clinton, heard and accepted Mr. Uribe's plea. Under the plea agreement, Uribe's sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 14. He will fully cooperate with the U.S. Attorney handling this case. The trial of Menendez and his remaining co-defendants – his wife Nadine Menendez and colleagues Wael Hana and Fred Dives – is scheduled to begin on May 6th.

The superseding indictment for Mr. Menendez and Mr. Uribe can be read here.

Priority Indictment, United States v. Menendez et al. AL., No. 23-Cr-00490-SHS (SDNY, October 12, 2023), ECF… by Daily Caller News Foundation On Scribd

Uribe must “truly and fully disclose all information regarding his own and others' activities with respect to all matters with which this office inquires of him,” the Times reported.

Mr. Menendez has not pleaded guilty to any crime, but Mr. Uribe allegedly forced Nadine Menendez to buy a black Mercedes-Benz C-300 convertible worth $60,000 in exchange for political use of Robert Menendez. Pleaded guilty to participating in a bribery scheme. He has the influence to block a national criminal investigation into one of Uribe's employees. Uribe's plea agreement reportedly states that Uribe provided the car “for the purpose of influencing official conduct,” according to the Times.

Mr. Uribe also allegedly provided Mr. Menendez with cash and valuables in exchange for Mr. Menendez's use of his office to shape U.S. foreign policy that benefited the Egyptian government, and Mr. Menendez. was an influential member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, later serving as its chairman. . “These items of value included checks, cash, and gold in the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the indictment states.

of ongoing prosecution It was a huge blow to Menéndez's political standing and career. He resigned as chairman and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, along with Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, fellow Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and more than half of the other Democrats in the Senate. We are facing a series of calls for .

Menendez currently has a 6% approval rating among New Jersey voters, and his term will expire in January 2025 unless he runs for re-election in November. Menendez has not announced his re-election campaign, but New Jersey Democratic Congressman Andy Kim is currently running an anti-Menendez campaign, announcing charges on the same day he was indicted, making him the frontrunner for re-election. There is.

Menendez's office and the U.S. Attorney's Office did not respond to requests for comment.

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