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Wife of Benjamin Netanyahu indicted for fraud

June 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accused of fraud, which includes spending close to $100,000 in government funds on gourmet cuisine.

On Thursday, Sara Netanyahu was indicted by Israel’s attorney general, who claimed that her “systemic fraud” hit 350,000 shekels (USD $96,000) and she was also charged with breach of trust.

The first lady reportedly told a staff member at the prime minister’s home to conceal the fact that they were hiring cooks, a fact that made it a violation to buy the gourmet food from caterers.

Ezra Saidoff, who was employed in the Prime Minister’s Office, was also charged that same day, the New York Daily News reported.

Israeli authorities indicated that in February, that there was sufficient evidence to also indict the prime minister for bribery in one instance in which he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and another in which he purportedly schemed with the publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

No charges were ever filed in those instances.

Both Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife were also interviewed by anti-corruption detectives earlier this year, allegedly related to a corruption probe involving the largest Israeli telecom company providing positive coverage in exchange for government favors.

It is not clear how the food controversy will impact the Netanyahu premiership, which has experienced higher approval after President Trump’s end to the U.S. position in the Iran deal and military confrontations in Syria.

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