Gold Bars Found At Democrat Senator’s Home Linked To 2013 Robbery

At least four of the $100,000 in gold bars discovered during an FBI raid of Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) home have been linked to a 2013 armed robbery report made by businessman Fred Daibes, a co-defendant in the bribery scheme case involving Menendez.

According to police records from Edgewater, New Jersey, Daibes reported that 22 gold bars and $500,000 in cash had been stolen from him during an armed robbery.

Authorities later found the stolen items in the possession of four different people, and Daibes signed “property release forms” to get the items back, certifying that he was the owner of the gold bars, records show.

“Each gold bar has its own serial number,” Daibes told police at the time, according to a 2013 transcript from prosecutors and police who recovered the stolen items and subsequently returned them to Daibes. “They’re all stamped…you’ll never see two stamped the same way.”

Included in the bribery indictment against Menendez, Daibes and three other co-conspirators are three photographs showing the four gold bars found in the Democrat senator’s home — all of which have serial numbers that reportedly match four of the gold bars that Daibes reported stolen in the 2013 robbery, and certified were returned to him by the police.

According to the indictment, Daibes gave the gold bars to the Democrat senator and his wife, Nadine Menendez, who has also been charged in the bribery scheme.

“All of this spells bad news for Sen. Menendez, because the chain of custody — it appears — is going to be really easy to prove up,” NBC News legal analyst Danny Cevallos argued.

Menendez has been charged with conspiracy to act as a foreign agent of the Egyptian government, fraud, bribery and extortion. The Democrat senator has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His wife and the other co-conspirators, including insurance agent Jose Uribe and Egyptian-American businessman Wael Hana, have also pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Menendez’s colleagues on both sides of the aisle have called on him to resign amid the scandal, but he has thus far refused to do so. However, he has stepped down from his position as Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman.

While the House has held a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from Congress for lying and allegedly illegally spending campaign money, there has been no vote or serious discussion of a vote to expel Menendez for his far more serious crimes.

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