Netanyahu’s wife charged with $100,000 food delivery fraud

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Also indicted: Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director general of the prime minister's office.

According to the indictment, between 2010 and 2013 the Prime Minister's wife ordered a total of 350,000 shekels (nearly $100,000 USA dollars) worth of gourmet meals from various restaurants to the Prime Minister's Residence, a direct violation that bars outside meals being brought when a cook is employed at the residence.

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.

Israeli prosecutors have charged Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, with a series of crimes including fraud and breach of trust.

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Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit filed an indictment Thursday afternoon against Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister's wife, for fraudulently charging some NIS 359,000 in gourmet meals to the state's expense between 2010 and 2013. Although Hefetz is primarily a state's witness against the prime minister in Case 4000, known as the Bezeq-Walla!

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The charges against Netanyahu include fraud and breaches of trust. "The wife of the prime minister is not the one who ordered the food and the trays, but the former housekeeper Mani Naftali, as he himself admitted in the Herzliya court", the attorneys stated. Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption, including accepting expensive gifts from billionaire friends. This is in violation of rules that prohibit ordering meals from outside the residence when a cook is employed, which Netanyahu reportedly tried to hide.

He is also being investigated in Case 2000 for an alleged media bribery scheme to help the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper against its competitor Israel Hayom in return for favorable coverage of the premier.

The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office said the decision to indict both Mrs Netanyahu and Mr Seidoff was made "after reviewing all evidence and weighing all circumstances of the case".

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