Israeli Leader's Wife Charged With Fraud

Sara Netanyahu indicted for falsely charging state $100k for meals

Netanyahu's wife indicted on fraud charges | TheHill

Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with graft, fraud, and breach of trust. "The regulations covering food were written on the fly by three officials who were unauthorized to do so". State funding for both is not allowed.

This is not the first time a financial scandal is coming out of the residence of an Israeli Prime Minister.

In February, the Israel police recommended indicting him in two corruption cases on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. Saidoff was also charged with falsification by a public servant.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (third L), His wife Sara Netanyahu (second L) Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (C), US President's daughter Ivanka Trump at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May in Jerusalem. Her lawyers denounced the charges as "baseless and delusional".

A former deputy director of the prime minister's residence is also charged in the case. The indictment follows unsuccessful attempts to settle the matter outside court, with Sara Netanyahu refusing to pay back the amount she used for the meals and admit the allegations against her. If reports from Israeli newspapers are to be believed, the allegations against his wife are unlikely to affect the popularity of Benjamin Netanyahu who has been riding high in opinion polls.

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

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Mrs. Netanyahu is accused of ordering meals from Jerusalem restaurants for as much as 26,000 shekel ($7,000) a month while employing a kitchen staff.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, host United States president Donald Trump, left, and his wife Melania at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017. In addition, the investigation revealed other violations in the residence of Netanyahu.

"The Jerusalem District Attorney has filed an indictment against the prime minister's wife, Sara Netanyahu", the ministry said in a statement. The attorney general has yet to decide whether to press charges against the prime minister.

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The premier denies any wrongdoing.

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