Police: Prostitutes Were Paid to Accuse Menendez
Police track payments to lawyer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2013 2:09 PM CDT
In this March 5, 2013 file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez speaks in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Police in the Dominican Republic say they have determined that three women who said they had sex with Senator Robert Menendez for money were in fact paid to make false claims by an attorney in the Caribbean country. Officers traced the payments to attorney Melanio Figueroa, a police spokesman said at a news conference today. Two women received about $425 each and the other was paid about $300 to falsely state on camera that they had sex with the New Jersey democrat. Authorities are seeking to interrogate Figueroa about the payments.