New Evidence Discovered in Probe of Embattled Senator

New Evidence Discovered in Probe of Embattled Senator

( – According to an NBC News November 4 report, four gold bars connected to the FBI search of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s house have a direct relation to businessman Fred Daibes, who was accused of bribing him. The media outlet pointed out that the new evidence was revealed in records from the Bergen County prosecutor from a robbery case in 2013.

That year, Daibes reported to police that he was robbed at gunpoint. Records from the Edgewater police showed he also asked officers to recover 22 gold bars and $500,000 in cash that were stolen from him. The police eventually caught four men with Daibes’ stolen goods.

The records also showed that, to recover his property, Daibes signed a “property release form” that certified each of his gold bars with his serial number. In a 2013 transcript made by the officers who recovered the stolen valuables and prosecutors, the New Jersey businessman said that the gold bars were all “stamped.”

In the 2023 bribery indictment against Daibes and Menendez, prosecutors included numerous pictures of some of the bribes found at the senator’s house, which included gold bars. Different media outlets reported that Menendez had four gold bars with serial numbers that ended up being the exact matches of those Daibes said were stolen and returned to him in the robbery case.

The bureau said that agents who were searching Menendez’s home found two gold bars with matching serial numbers and saw some pictures of two other gold bars on the cellphone of the senator’s wife. The agents found that these gold bars also had matching numbers and noted that the senator’s wife had given them to a jeweler so he could sell them.

During an appearance at NBC News, legal analyst Danny Cevallos said that the latest controversies surrounding the gold bars “spell bad news” for Menendez, as the “chain of custody” will be easy to prove.

The New Jersey senator was charged with extortion, bribery, fraud, and conspiracy to act as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government. He’s currently facing a maximum sentence of nearly 50 years in prison.

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