Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

Sara Netanyahu  the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged with fraud and breach of trust

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu walk out after their meeting with French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, second left, at Bercy Economy Ministry, in Paris, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on Thursday officially indicted on charges of aggravated fraud and breach of trust, according to the Justice Ministry.

Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, said the indictment was a "devastating blow" to the prime minister.

Prosecutors claim that Sara Netanyahu conspired with a senior official at the residence to hide the fact that the meals were not eligible for reimbursement.

The prosecution also indicted Seidoff, the former Prime Minister's Office deputy director-general, on Thursday for the same offenses as Netanyahu, while adding the offense of falsifying documents and with a total fraud amount of NIS 393,000 (approximately $108,000).

He said that Meni Naftali and other prime minister's residence managers like him, not Netanyahu, were responsible for the food orders regarding which she is accused.

Netanyahu's trial is expected to start after the fall Jewish holidays and the prime minister's wife is not expected to get jail time even if convicted, but it was important to Mandelblit that she be given a criminal record for her actions.

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

Netanyahu, a high-profile presence at her husband's side throughout his lengthy time at the helm, has denied any wrongdoing.

The charges against Netanyahu include fraud and breaches of trust.

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu pictured together in Milan. Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption, including accepting expensive gifts from billionaire friends.

"This is the first time in Israel and in the world that the wife of a leader is brought to justice over food trays", it said. Netanyahu is suspected of promoting regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the company in return for more favourable coverage of the Netanyahu family on the telecom company's influential news site.

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