Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Netanyahu's wife indicted on fraud charges

Netanyahu's wife indicted on fraud charges | TheHill

In the indictment, the Justice Ministry said that Sara Netanyahu acted "to circumvent the rules and conditions" governing the official residence "in order to fraudulently obtain state funding for various expenses for the accused and her family that were not supposed to be financed in this manner".

On Thursday, she was charged along with Ezra Seidoff, a former deputy director general of the prime minister's office.

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Netanyahu has previously faced allegations of abusive behavior and living extravagantly, the AP noted.

According to the investigation, from September 2010 to March 2013, she ordered food in restaurants for the Prime Minister's residence, although it worked as a chef, and the rules forbid you to order a meal in the presence of a regular cook. His decision to indict Sara Netanyahu is likely to put some of those questions to rest and be taken as a sign he is prepared to move against the prime minister.

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Netanyahu was accused of misusing about $100,000 of public funds for catering services at the prime minister's Jerusalem home while falsely stating there were no cooks on staff, the justice ministry stated. The newspaper, however, says there is no indication Netanyahu would step down over the charges against his wife. The charges, which are referred to as "Meals-Ordering Affair", are denied by Sara Netanyahu on various occasions. Saidoff was also charged with falsification by a public servant. While both Mr and Mrs Netanyahu have been subject to widespread allegations in recent years, the indictment filed yesterday marks the first time either has been charged with a crime. Benjamin Netanyahu is also under investigation.

In a statement, lawyers for Sara Netanyahu called the indictment "absurd and delusional" while proclaiming her innocence. For years, she has been accused of leading an extravagant lifestyle. Thursday's indictment comes after Netanyah refused to settle, admit fault, or pay back the government money used. Netanyahu is suspected of promoting regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the company in return for more favourable coverage of the Netanyahu family on the telecom company's influential news site.

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Netanyahu has been able to rally his base by presenting himself as the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt.

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