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New photos show items seized from Sen. Bob Menendez’s home

Cash stuffed in boots. Bill envelopes slipped into jackets emblazoned with the senator’s name. Gold ingots.

Prosecutors in Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption case released more than 100 photos cash and gold seized from the New Jersey Democrat’s home, presenting a clearer picture of the evidence that shaped his high-profile corruption trial.

Menendez is accused of accepting “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in bribes in exchange for official government actions.

The FBI said more than $486,000 in cash was found in his Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, home that he shares with his wife Nadine Menendez, who also faces charges. She will be judged separately. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York presented the photos as part of their evidence. Although Menendez’s home is located in New Jersey, the SDNY is pursuing the case because some of the senator’s alleged misconduct had ties to New York.

Dozens of photos show piles of cash hidden in bags, shoes and jackets. One photo shows a stack of bills that prosecutors say total $4,300, found in the senator’s Congressional Hispanic Caucus jacket with his name embroidered in yellow.

One photo showed a stack of $100 bills found in the envelope of another jacket embroidered with the words “Senator Menendez.”FBI

Another photo showed a stack of $100 bills found in the envelope of another jacket embroidered with the words “Senator Menendez.”

Prosecutors questioned an FBI agent about money found in the senator’s clothing during Friday’s testimony.

“What was the name on the jackets?” » » a prosecutor asked the agent.

“Robert Menendez and Senator Menendez,” the agent replied.

“Did you see Nadine’s name on one of the jackets where you found the cash?” » asked the prosecutor.

“No,” the agent confirmed.

Thousands of dollars in cash were also found hidden in shoes. An envelope containing $7,500 was found in an upright brown boot, according to a spreadsheet detailing prosecutors’ evidence. A left brown boot contained an envelope containing $7,000, the document states.

Thousands of dollars in cash were also found hidden in shoes. An envelope containing $7,500 was found in an upright brown boot, according to a spreadsheet detailing prosecutors’ evidence. A left brown boot contained an envelope containing $7,000, according to the spreadsheet.FBI

Other photos on display included stacks of cash in disposable Forever 21 and Arc’teryx bags. Some of the batteries had a rubber band on them and others were connected with labels reading “$10,000.”

Prosecutors also included several photos of gold bars, which they say were part of the bribes. Thirteen gold bars were recovered from the senator’s home, according to prosecutors. Two of the bars weighed one kilogram each, while the others weighed one ounce each.

Prosecutors also included several photos of gold bars, which they say were part of the bribes. Thirteen gold bars were recovered from the senator’s home, according to prosecutors. Two of the bars weighed one kilogram each, while the others weighed one ounce each.FBI

Menendez’s lawyer, Avi Weitzman, said in court Wednesday that the senator did not know his wife owned gold bars, arguing that jurors should not judge someone they live by.

Nadine Menendez kept the gold bars in a closet, to which the senator’s lawyer said she did not have the key. He also didn’t know how she got some of the gold, the lawyer said.

The senator defended the money found in his home, saying last year he withdrew personal money for emergencies.

“For 30 years, I have withdrawn thousands of dollars in cash from my personal savings account, which I have kept for emergencies and because of my family’s history of being threatened with confiscation in Cuba,” he said last year.

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