Sara Netanyahu, Israeli PM's wife, charged with fraud over lavish meals
21 June, 2018, 21:28 | Author: Edward Snyder
US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman sit during a reception held at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, ahead of the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem, May 13, 2018.
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, said the indictment was a "devastating blow" to the prime minister.
However, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit rejected any settlement because Sara Netanyahu is also a suspect in Case 4000, which involves suspicions the prime minister advanced regulations benefiting Bezeq telecom's owner in exchange for flattering coverage from Bezeq's Walla news site.
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 indictment said she acted to "fraudulently obtain state funding for various expenses for the accused and her family that were not supposed to be financed in this manner".
There's no indication the allegations against the prime minister or his wife are having an impact on voters.
Police have been investigating both of the Netanyahus over suspected corruption or fraud, with allegations that the prime minister traded favors for bribes from wealthy businessmen. "There was no fraud or breach of trust or any offense". "The wife of the prime minister is not the one who ordered the food and the trays, but the former housekeeper Mani Naftali, as he himself admitted in the Herzliya court", the attorneys stated.
Prosecutors claim that Sara Netanyahu conspired with a senior official at the residence to hide the fact that the meals were not eligible for reimbursement.
A pre-indictment hearing in January, when Netanyahu's lawyers asked Mandelblit to reverse his preliminary decision in September 2017 to indict her, also had failed to sway him, though Mandelblit issued a statement at the time that he "had an open mind" to their arguments.
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