Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud

According to reports, Sara Netanyahu did so by bypassing the stated regulations prohibiting such practices if a cook is employed at the official residence of the Israeli Prime Minister.

Sara Netanyahu who has long faced allegations of abusive behaviour and extravagance has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

According to the indictment, Sara Netanyahu spent tens of thousands of dollars on meals from expensive restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in alleged violation of rules barring the residence from ordering in meals during periods when there was a cook on its staff.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, U.S., March 8, 2018.

She also illegally paid approximately $10,000 for private chefs, prosecutors said.

"The prime minister's wife, who is not a public servant, did not know the procedures and was found to have spoken truthfully when answering questions during a lie detector test", the statement said. The newspaper, however, says there is no indication Netanyahu would step down over the charges against his wife. During his testimony, Meni Naftali revealed intimate details about Sara Netanyahu's lifestyle, including her taste for pink champagne and other luxuries.

In a statement, lawyers for Sara Netanyahu called the indictment "absurd and delusional" while proclaiming her innocence.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to dismiss the investigation past year.

If convicted, she could face up to five years behind bars. The Israeli prime minister also said they are the subject of a political witch-hunt by leftists and the media.

Israeli police recommended in February that Benjamin Netanyahu face charges for accepting US$300,000 ($436,000) worth of bribes.

Netanyahu has managed to deflect attention from his legal problems through a string of political and diplomatic victories in recent months.

He has been interviewed three times by police over alleged involvement in the Case 4000 corruption scandal.

The prime minister has denied the allegations and has accused of being the victim of a "witch hunt".

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