Israeli PM’s wife charged with meal fraud

Afp, Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara was yesterday charged with fraud and breach of trust after a long police probe into allegations she falsely claimed meals worth $100, 000, the justice ministry said.

Typically the move represents the latest legal headache for head Netanyahu and his family, as the authorities investigate the combative premier over allegations of corruption in a string of striking cases.

The justice ministry announced that “the Jerusalem district prosecutor a quick time ago filed charges against the prime minister’s wife”.

The ministry said Sara Netanyahu was accused of falsely declaring there have been no cooks available at the best minister’s official residence and ordering “hundreds of meals from outside caterers at public expense”.

Through 2010 to 2013 Netanyahu, her family and friends received “fraudulently from the state hundreds of prepared meals (each including a amount of courses) to the value of 359, 000 shekels ($99, 700)”, the indictment read.

Netanyahu, a high-profile occurrence at the girl husband’s side throughout his lengthy time at the helm, has denied any wrongdoing.

According to the charge sheet, meals were ordered from a variety of Jerusalem establishments, including an Italian restaurant.

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