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New Jersey man pleads guilty to bribery charge, turns against Democratic senator

By Mandy Donalds
March 2, 2024

New Jersey entrepreneur Jose Uribe has confessed in federal court to bribing Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Uribe's admission on Friday came as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

According to the terms of his plea, Uribe has agreed to provide testimony against Menendez, as Newsmax reported.

Details of the Guilty Plea

Uribe faced the court to acknowledge his involvement in a series of illegal activities.

In the end, he pleaded guilty to seven charges.

These charges encompassed conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion.

The accusations stem from Uribe's own actions, including providing a luxurious Mercedes-Benz to Menendez's wife, an act prosecutors said was an overt bribe.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Uribe could theoretically face up to 95 years in prison.

However, his sentence could be significantly reduced if he agrees to cooperate with the prosecution and testify against Menendez and other co-defendants.

The Broader Corruption Case

This case is part of a larger corruption investigation involving Sen. Menendez and his wife.

They, along with Uribe and two other businessmen, were indicted last fall.

The charges against them include accepting a series of bribes consisting of cash, gold bars, and expensive vehicles.

In return, the senator allegedly offered assistance in matters involving foreign officials and governments.

Uribe's charges were explicitly related to providing the aforementioned convertible to Menendez's wife.

This act was allegedly in exchange for the senator's intervention with a government official on behalf of another associate of Uribe.

All other defendants in this high-stakes corruption case have entered pleas of not guilty.

The trial, which includes the longtime lawmaker his wife, and the two other implicated businessmen, is set to commence in May.