Israeli Prime Minister's Wife, Sara Netanyahu, Indicted For Fraud

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According to the indictment released by the Israeli "justice ministry" on Thursday, Sara Netanyahu, along with a regime employee, fraudulently ordered hundreds of meals worth $100,000 from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in violation of rules barring such practice when the prime minister's residence has a cook.

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged with falsifying household expenses in order to have catered meals supplied to their official residence.

When Netanyahu was told she may face a possible corruption trial in September previous year, the Office the Prime Minister's official Facebook page published a post denying Sara's involvement and said the allegations were "absurd and will be proven to be unfounded".

Her instructions, according to the indictment, violated rules which bar those living at the residence from ordering meals when a cook was on staff.

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Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu visit the British Museum in 2015.

In September 2017, Israel's attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, announced he was minded to file an indictment subject to a pre-indictment hearing, which took place in January. The prime minister was questioned by police in that case last week.

Netanyahu's trial is expected to start after the fall Jewish holidays and the prime minister's wife is not expected to get jail time even if convicted, but it was important to Mandelblit that she be given a criminal record for her actions.

Cohen has said that if the charges only related to NIS 30,000-NIS 40,000 at most, they could be dropped as relating to an oversight.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption.

Although the indictment against Sara Netanyahu did not directly affect the prime minister, it ended a period of political victories that had bolstered the Israeli leader and distracted attention from his legal woes.

The prime minister, who himself is embroiled in a series of corruption investigations, has called the allegations against his wife absurd and unfounded.

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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