NEW YORK (NEWSnet/AP) — New Jersey businessman Jose Uribe pleaded guilty Friday to attempting to bribe U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Uribe signed a cooperation deal with prosecutors in Manhattan federal court to seven charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

Prosecutors allege he gave Menendez’s wife a Mercedes-Benz.

According to a plea agreement, Uribe could face up to 95 years in prison, although he might receive leniency by cooperating and testifying against the other defendants, which he has agreed to do.

Uribe was among three businessmen charged in the corruption case against Menendez and his wife, Nadine.  Authorities say Menendez and his wife accepted bribes of cash, gold bars and the luxury car in exchange for his influence in foreign affairs.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Menendez, his wife and the two other New Jersey businessmen are scheduled for trial in May.

Follow NEWSnet on Facebook and X platform to get our headlines in your social feeds.

Copyright 2024 NEWSnet and The Associated Press. All rights reserved.