Corruption Timeline

Trouble always finds Bad Bob Menendez. Poor judgement, a felon “best friend,” and questionable ethics led him to a federal corruption trial. Discover what your Senator has been hiding throughout his corrupt career in politics.
1982
Menendez testifies in corruption trial
1983
Menendez Purchases Property
1993
Melgen family donates $18,700
1994
Menendez Rents to NHCAC
1997
Menendez's Friend Arrested
1998
Menendez Uses his Power
2000
Menendez Uses Office
2003
Menendez Sells Property
2004
Menendez Accused of an Affair
2005
New York Times Profiles Menendez
2006
Melgen and wife donate $20,000
2007
Menendez Helps With Visa
2008
CMS Begins Investigation
2009
Melgen Donates $30,400
2010
Melgen invests in Natural Gas Company
2011
Melgen Family donate $15,000
2012
Melgen donates to Legal Defense Fund
2013
Anonymous Reports Surface
2014
Melgen - Medicare’s top-paid physician
2015
Menendez indicted on corruption charges
2016
Menendez Loses in Appeals Court
2017
Melgen Convicted for $8,900,000
2018
Bipartisan Ethics Committee Rules
1982

Bad Bob Menendez testifies in the corruption trial of his political mentor Bill Musto, who is convicted for an illegal kickback scheme involving school board contractors

1982
1983

Bad Bob Menendez purchases property In Union City for $92,000 that later houses the North Hudson Community Action Corporation (NHCAC), which was later part of a federal criminal investigation into Bad Bob

1983
1993

Melgen Donates $500 to Bad Bob Menendez

1993
1994

NHCAC begins paying rent to Bad Bob Menendez the same year he is elected to Congress, and the stage is set for future investigations into Bad Bob Menendez’s self-dealing

1994
1997

Bad Bob Menendez’s close friend Manny Diaz is arrested and eventually convicted for cocaine trafficking; Diaz later becomes an NHCAC staffer and Bad Bob campaign contributor

1997
1998

Melgen family donates $2,000 to Bad Bob Menendez

1998

Bad Bob Menendez attempts to reunite a father and son in federal prison who were both serving time for organized crime activities

1998

Bad Bob Menendez uses his power in Congress to help NHCAC – where is profiting from rent payments – become a federally qualified health care center

1998
2000

Bad Bob Menendez used his office to secure millions of dollars in federal grants for the NHCAC, which then turned around and paid him $300,000 in rent and saw its employees become regular campaign contributors

2000-2001
2003

Bad Bob Menendez sells the NHCAC property in Union City for $450,000 – collecting a huge profit

2003
2004

Melgen Family Donates $12,000 to Bad Bob Menendez

2004

Sources close to Democrat Governor Jim McGreevey accuse Bad Bob Menendez of an affair with his former staffer and lobbyist and pushing lucrative public contracts her way

2004
2005

Melgen Family Donates $4,200 to Bad Bob Menendez

2005

New York Times profiles the relationship between Bad Bob Menendez and his staffer turned lobbyist

2005
2006

Melgen and wife donate $20,000 to New Jersey Democratic State Committee

2006

Bad Bob Menendez and “friend” flew from West Palm Beach to the Dominican Republic

August 18, 2006

Bad Bob Menendez and a “friend” flew on Dr. Melgen’s private jet from the Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach then back to Teterboro

August 24, 2006

Federal investigators issues subpoenas for records at NHCAC relating to Bad Bob Menendez rental documents

2006

Bad Bob Menendez faces an ethics complaint for using his position in Congress to oppose a merger of the Spanish Broadcasting System Competitors (SBS), in which he owned stock

2006

Bad Bob Menendez denies that he is under federal investigation as more subpoenas are issued and witnesses are interviewed

2006
Despite his denials, the probe is reported to be wider than previously thought.

Bad Bob Menendez severs professional ties with close friend due to the latter involvement in a pay to play scandal with NHCAC

2006
2007

Bad Bob Menendez helps with visa for Melgen’s misteress Svitlana Buchyk from the Ukraine

February 2007

Bad Bob Menendez flies from West Palm Beach to the Dominican Republic on business associate’s private jet

April 4, 2007

Bad Bob Menendez uses Melgen’s Private jet to go from the Dominican Republic to Ft. Lauderdale

April 8, 2007

The Record publishes an explosive report that alleges Bad Bob Menendez may have made more in rent by contracting with NHCAC as opposed to another potential tenant

2007

Federal investigators subpoena Jersey City Medical Center for information relating to lobbying contracts; Bad Bob Menendez’s girlfriend and former staffer lobbied for the hospital

2007

Bad Bob Menendez blocked the promotion of a federal prosecutor investigating his close friend and political ally, who was indicted in 2008 on corruption charges

2007
2008

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) begins investigating Bad Bob Menendez’s felon ‘best friend’ Salomon Melgen

July 2008

Bad Bob Menendez helps with Visa for Juliana Lopes Leite, Melgen’s Brazilian Girlfriend

July 24, 2008

Bad Bob Menendez and a “friend” flew from Teterboro, NJ to West Palm Beach

August 30, 2008

Bad Bob Menendez and a “friend” flew from West Palm Beach to the Dominican Republic

August 31, 2008

Bad Bob Menendez and a “friend” flew from the Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach to Teterboro

September 4, 2008

Melgen hires car for Bad Bob Menendez from Hoboken to NYC — Cost: $875.12

October 4, 2008

Bad Bob Menendez helps with visa for Melgen’s girlfriend, Rosiell Polanco-Suera, and her younger sister

October 13, 2008
2009

Melgen Donates $30,400 to DSCC while being run by Bad Bob Menendez

February 28, 2009

Melgen’s wife donates $30,000 to DSCC while being run by Bad Bob Menendez

June 9, 2009

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advises Melgen he owes $8,981,514.42 in overcharges

June 30, 2009

Bad Bob Menendez contacts Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on behalf of Melgen

July 2009

Bad Bob Menendez sponsors NatGas Act that boosts tax credits for alternative-fueled trucks

June-July 2009

Bad Bob Menendez directly petitions The Federal Reserve to save a local bank whose board includes several campaign contributors, despite negative findings by the FDIC

2009
2010

A year after Bad Bob Menendez sponsors the NatGas Act, Melgen invests in and joins board of Gaseous Fuel System Corp (Makes Natural Gas Engines)

2010

In Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Bad Bob Menendez grills Dominican Republic Ambassador regarding port security

March 11, 2010

Melgen pays for Bad Bob Menendez’s lavish trip to France — hotel value $4,934.10

April 8-11, 2010

DSCC pays $5,380.50 to Melgen for flights on his private jet

May 24, 2010

Bad Bob Menendez’s girlfriend flies from West Palm Beach to the Dominican Republic Melgen’s private jet

May 28, 2010

Bad Bob Menendez’s girlfriend flew from the Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach on Melgen’s private jet

June 1, 2010

Bad Bob Menendez flies from the Washington Metro to West Palm Beach to the Dominican Republic on Melgen’s private jet

August 6, 2010

Bad Bob Menendez flies from the Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach to Teterboro

August 9, 2010

Bad Bob Menendez and a “friend” flew from Teterboro to West Palm Beach to the Dominican Republic

September 3, 2010

Bad Bob Menendez and a “friend” flew from the Dominican Republic to West Palm Beach to Teterboro

September 6, 2010

Melgen Buys Bad Bob Menendez a First Class Ticket from Newark to West Palm Beach for $890.70

October 8, 2010

Melgen pays $8036.82 for a private jet charter for Bad Bob Menendez from West Palm Beach to Washington, D.C.

October 11, 2010

Melgen, his wife, and his daughter donate $15,000 to Bad Bob Menendez’s campaign

December 16, 2010
2011

Melgen, his wife, and his daughter donate $15,000 to Bad Bob Menendez campaign — all maxed out donations

March 7, 2011

Melgen Buys Interest in ICSSI, a Security Screening Company for Cargo at Dominican Republic Ports

2011

Melgen and Wife Joint Donation for $20,000 to Bad Bob Menendez’s Legal Defense Fund

September 21, 2011

In a Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Bad Bob Menendez grills the DEA chief regarding Dominican Republic port security

December 15, 2011

Bad Bob Menendez abuses his office and enlists Harry Reid and Tom Harkin to help with Melgen’s CMS issue

December 15, 2011
2012

Melgen, his Wife and Daughter donate $40,000 to Bad Bob Menendez

May 16, 2012
Melgen, Wife and Daughter donate $40,000 to New Jersey Democratic State Committee earmarked for Menendez, but then Melgen writes $20,000 check to daughter, her donation

Melgen’s company donates $300,000 to Majority PAC earmarked for Bad Bob Menendez

June 1, 2012

Bad Bob Menendez meets with the Acting Director of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Melgen’s behalf

June 7, 2012

In a Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Bad Bob Menendez questions State Department official regarding contract issue with American Company providing screening at Dominican Republic ports

July 31, 2012

Melgen’s Patient blinding Company donates $300,000 to majority PAC earmarked for Bad Bob Menendez

October 12, 2012

Felon Salomon Melgen donates $103,500 to various NJ state Races

October 2012

Allegations about Bad Bob Menendez soliciting prostitutes in Dominican Republic surface

November 2012

FBI begins investigation of Bad Bob Menendez and Melgen

Late 2012

Leading Bad Bob Menendez donor goes to jail for using straw donations and funneling money to Bad Bob Menendez; the Senator claims to wrongdoing

2012
2013

Anonymous reports break that the Dominican prostitutes Bad Bob solicited were minors

January 2013

Felon Melgen and his son-in-law take Bad Bob Menendez out for an expensive meal after a round of golf

January 10, 2013

Bad Bob Menendez tells Customs and Border Security to stop donating port screening equipment to Dominican Republic

January 11, 2013

FBI raids Melgen’s Offices

January 29, 2013

Bad Bob Menendez’s Grand Jury investigation announced

March 2013

FBI raids Melgen’s Office in connection with Medicare fraud investigation

2013
2014

Bad Bob Menendez’s felon friend Salomon Melgen emerges as Medicare’s top-paid physician

April 9, 2014
2015

Bad Bob Menendez Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

April 1, 2015

Bad Bob Menendez receives roughly $150,000 from individuals tied to corrupt developer for his legal defense fund

2015

President Obama’s Department Of Justice announces indictment of Bad Bob Menendez and Melgen on corruption and bribery charges; Menendez is the first sitting Senator charged with bribery since 1980

2015

Bad Bob Menendez donor is charged with using straw donors to funnel money to candidates in Florida

2015
2016

Bad Bob Menendez loses in appeals court

September 13, 2016
2017

Melgen Convicted in $8,900,000 CMS fraud

April 2017

Bad Bob Menendez’s corruption trials begins

September 6, 2017

Bad Bob Menendez trial ends in a hung jury

November 16, 2017
2018

Bad Bob Menendez Admonished by Senate

April 26, 2018

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