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New Jersey businessman pleads guilty and agrees to cooperate in Sen. Bob Menendez corruption case

Jose Uribe, a New Jersey businessman, pleaded guilty to charges including bribery, obstruction of justice, and tax evasion in connection with a corruption case involving Senator Bob Menendez. Uribe admitted to giving a luxury car to Menendez's wife in exchange for the senator's influence and assistance. Uribe has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify in the upcoming trial against Menendez and others involved in the bribery scheme.

Sources: - https://apnews.com/article/menendez-uribe-federal-bribery-indictment-a7f1d893f1ee387f079161011e9dd37e - https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/01/politics/bob-menendez-jose-uribe-corruption-case/index.html - https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4500928-menendez-co-defendant-pleads-guilty-to-7-counts/ - https://www.wsj.com/us-news/businessman-pleads-guilty-to-bribing-sen-bob-menendez-165f27b1

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