Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is facing some serious legal issues. On Thursday morning, it was announced that Mrs. Netanyahu has been charged with fraud over alleged misuse of state funds. She was also charged with breach of trust for misusing funds.
From the report:
According to the indictment, the prime minister’s wife instructed staff at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem to order meals consumed at the residence worth a total of 350,000 shekels ($96,000) from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in violation of rules barring the residence from ordering meals from the outside during periods when the residence had a cook on its staff.
According to the indictment, Sara Netanyahu directed staff at the residence, including the chief maintenance superintendent at the time, Meni Naftali, and another employee, Meir Cohen, to hide the fact that cooks were employed in the residence “so that this won’t be found out by the treasury and the office manager.” The indictment states that in accordance with her order, Naftali passed this message on to other residence staff. The prosecution alleges that the prime minister’s wife order that a cook employed at the residence as a maintenance staff person.
Mrs. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.
Benjamin Netanyahu is also reportedly under investigation on suspicion of corruption offenses including receiving one million shekels worth of cigars, champagne, and jewelry in exchange for financial and personal favors.
This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.