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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara speak during the opening of a special exhibit on Jewish presence in Jerusalem at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

Netanyahu's wife indicted on fraud charges | TheHill

While the prime minister was not directly implicated in the case, the indictment against Sara Netanyahu threatens to embarrass the long-serving leader and brings back attention to his own legal problems.

JERUSALEM-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife has been indicted on charges of fraud for allegedly ordering thousands of dollars of gourmet meals at government expense to the family's official residence.

"The Jerusalem district prosecutor a short time ago filed charges against the prime minister's wife", the ministry said.

The Israeli premier's wife further directed the residency workers to hide the employment of a cook "so that this won't be found out by the treasury and the office manager", according to the indictment.

The ongoing investigations took a significant turn past year when Prime Minister Netanyahu's former chief of staff, Ari Harow, turned state's witness.

The prosecution indicted Seidoff on Thursday for the same offenses as those leveled against the prime minister's wife, while adding the offense of falsifying documents and with a total fraud amount of NIS 393,000.

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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", the indictment said.

Haaretz first reported past year that Sara Netanyahu would face fraud charges.

Netanyahu, a high-profile presence at her husband's side throughout his lengthy time at the helm, has denied any wrongdoing.

The indictment was also delayed from May until now after Nir Hefetz, a former close adviser to the Netanyahu family, provided new evidence against Sara Netanyahu. Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption, including accepting expensive gifts from billionaire friends.

"They're dealing with the most important things in the world", he said at the time.

Netanyahu is suspected of accepting lavish gifts from billionaire friends, and promising to promote legislation to help a major Israeli newspaper against its free rival in exchange for favourable coverage.

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