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Newly released photos show cash and gold bars seized from Senator Bob Menendez’s home

Money put into boots. Envelopes with banknotes tucked into jackets with the senator’s name on them. Gold bars.

Prosecutors in the Sen. Bob Menendez More than 100 photos of the cash and gold seized from the New Jersey Democrat’s home were released Friday in the bribery case, providing a clearer picture of the evidence that shaped his high-profile bribery 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 at his home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, which he shares with his wife Nadine Menendez, who is also charged. She will be tried separately. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York introduced the photos as part of their court filings. Although Menendez’s home is in New Jersey, SDNY is prosecuting the case because some of the senator’s alleged misconduct had ties to New York.

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Dozens of photos show stacks of banknotes stuffed into 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.

Bob Menendez FBI money jacket evidence (FBI)

Bob Menendez FBI money jacket evidence (FBI)

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

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

“What were the names on the jackets?” a prosecutor asked the officer.

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

“Did you see the name Nadine on any of the jackets you found cash on?” the prosecutor asked.

“No,” the officer confirmed.

Thousands of dollars in cash were also found hidden in shoes. An envelope containing $7,500 was found in a brown right boot, according to a spreadsheet of evidence provided by prosecutors. Inside a brown boot on the left side was an envelope containing $7,000, the document said.

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Bob Menendez FBI shows evidence money shoes (FBI)Bob Menendez FBI shows evidence money shoes (FBI)

Bob Menendez FBI shows evidence money shoes (FBI)

Other photos in the exhibits included stacks of cash in disposable Forever 21 and Arc’teryx bags. Some stacks were wrapped with elastic, and others were bound with labels marked “$10,000.”

Prosecutors also attached several photos of gold bars, which they allege were part of the bribes. According to prosecutors, thirteen gold bars were recovered from the senator’s home. Two of the bars weighed one kilogram each, while the others weighed one ounce each.

Bob Menendez FBI shows evidence gold (FBI)Bob Menendez FBI shows evidence gold (FBI)

Bob Menendez FBI shows evidence gold (FBI)

Menendez’s attorney Avi Weitzman said in court Wednesday that the senator did not know his wife had gold bars, arguing that jurors should not judge someone based on who they live with.

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

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The senator has defended the cash found in his home, arguing that he had personally withdrawn cash for emergencies last year.

“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 confiscated in Cuba,” he said last year.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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