Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with graft, fraud, and breach of trust.
Sara Netanyahu is accused of misusing public funds by fraudulently ordering over $100,000 worth of meals to the prime minister’s residence when there was a full-time chef on staff, the Associated Press reported. If convicted, she could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison. It is unclear when the trial will begin.
In the indictment, the Justice Ministry said that Sara Netanyahu acted “to circumvent the rules and conditions” governing the official residence “in order to fraudulently obtain state funding for various expenses for the accused and her family that were not supposed to be financed in this manner.”
Some Israeli newspapers have dubbed the case the Prepared Food Affair. Prosecutors allege that from 2010-2013, Netanyahu and Ezra Seidoff, the deputy director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office at the time, falsely claimed that the Prime Minister’s Residence did not employ a cook. They are accused of fraudulently received funds from the state for hundreds of food orders.
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