Wife of Israel prime minister charged with fraud over misuse of public funds

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with a serious of crimes including fraud over misuse of public funds on Thursday.

Netanyahu, 59, was also charged with breach of trust in connection with the “Prepared Food Affair, ” the  Jersualem Post   reported.

Netanyahu was accused of misusing about $100, 000 of public funds for catering services at the prime minister’s Jerusalem home while falsely stating there were no cooks on staff, the justice ministry stated.

Prosecution alleged in the “Prepared Food Affair” that Netanyahu along with then-deputy director-general Ezra Seidoff claiming the Prime Minister’s residence did not have a cook although one was working at the home. She allegedly ordered that the cook’s employment be kept secret and “she was aware that ordering meals from the outside for the residence when it employed a cook was a violation of the rules, ”  Haaretz   reported.

The indictment came after Netanyahu refused to pay for the outside meal’s values despite a number of attempts to reach an agreement.  

Seidoff was also charged with “falsification by a public servant. ”

Netanyahu has long faced allegations of abusive behavior and living extravagantly in a manner out of touch with the general public.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the accusations against him and his wife as a media witch hunt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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