Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's wife Sara charged with fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's wife Sara charged with fraud

This is in violation of rules that prohibit ordering meals from outside the residence when a cook is employed, which Netanyahu reportedly tried to hide.

Her lawyers described the indictment as absurd and delusional. "The regulations covering food were written on the fly by three officials who were unauthorized to do so".

Hefetz is primarily a state's witness against the prime minister for Case 4000, the Bezeq-Walla!

This is not the first time that the expensive tastes of Sara Netanyahu, 59, have come back to haunt her husband, who also faces indictment in a web of corruption scandals.

The lawyers said that it was unheard of anywhere in the world for a prime minister's wife to be charged for something as trivial as food expenses. "There was no fraud or breach of trust here or deceptively receiving things or any other crime".

However, when it comes to Benjamin Netanyahu, none of those investigations have resulted in any actual charges.

There's no indication the allegations against the prime minister or his wife are having an impact on voters.

Israeli prosecutors charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday with misusing over $100,000 U.S. in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country's most famous chefs.

According to the indictment, Netanyahu falsely claimed there was no cook at the time in the Jerusalem home in order to justify purchasing meals from restaurants. Prosecutors say she also paid $10,000 for private chefs.

The family has been plagued with threats of indictments for years.

The prime minister states that the rule denying government funds for meals was written just days before he took office, and was never officially passed into law by the finance committee.

This violated rules that barred meals being ordered from outside when a cook was on staff, Haaretz reported.

Most of the food was consumed by guests and household workers - supposed to be accounted for under another budget - rather than the Netanyahu family, the statement added.

Israel's Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit filed the indictment Thursday afternoon after much speculation over whether she would in fact be charged over evidence that she had fraudulently spent over $100,000 on gourmet meals and outside caterers at the public's expense. Both Sara Netanyahu and the ruling couple's eldest son, Yair, were questioned earlier in 2017 in relation to graft allegations.

In February, the Israel police recommended indicting him in two corruption cases on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. Ezra Saidoff, former deputy director general of the prime minister's office, faces the same charges.

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