Sara Netanyahu indicted for fraudulently charging $100000 in meals to the state

Sara Netanyahu indicted for fraudulently charging $100000 in meals to the state

A former deputy director of the prime minister's residence is also charged in the case.

Netanyahu's wife Sara Netanyahu has been charged with alleged misuse of funds for ordering catered meals at the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Negotiations for her to return a portion of the diverted money and confess to the charges in exchange for avoiding prosecution broke down when the prime minister's wife reportedly refused to pay the sums requested by prosecutors, telling her lawyers she'd rather go to jail than reimburse the state.

The allegations announced past year are that she and an aide falsely declared there were no cooks available at the prime minister's official residence and ordered from outside caterers at public expense.

Cohen has previously said that Netanyahu's defenses regarding food orders made in 2010 and 2013, when Naftali was not at the Prime Minister's Residence, were that those accusations related only to around NIS 134,000.

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu pictured together in Milan.

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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. The prime minister was questioned by police in that case last week.

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.

In February, the Israel police recommended indicting him in two corruption cases on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust.

Bibi denies the allegations and has called the investigations - get ready for it - a witch hunt. Her husband is now facing a number of criminal investigations relating to allegations of corruption.

In the other case, investigators suspect the premier of trying to reach an agreement with the owner of Yediot Aharonot, a top Israeli newspaper, for more favourable coverage.

Sara Netanyahu was indicted and accused of "systematic fraud", Haaretz reports, including allegations that she knew about rules against ordering food when a cook was on staff - and that she tried to hide a cook's employment to cover up her actions.

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