Sara Netanyahu, Wife of Israeli Leader, Charged with Fraud

(From UPI)

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was charged Thursday with fraud and breach of trust over the alleged use of state funds for food and private chefs.

Sara Netanyahu, 59, was indicted with Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director general of the prime minister’s Office.

According to the indictment, Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife instructed staff to order gourmet meals worth nearly $100,000 between 2010 and 2013. Sara Netanyahu also used nearly $10,000 in state funds to pay for private chefs, prosecutors say.

The charges say she tried to conceal employment of chefs and was aware that ordering meals from the outside was a rule violation, and asked staff to hide the chefs “so that this won’t be found out by the Treasury and the office manager.”

Thursday’s indictment is the latest in a series of scandals the Netanyahus have faced in recent months.

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