Israeli PM’s wife to be charged with misusing public funds

 |Sep 8, 2017
Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu. – The Forward pic

TEL AVIV: Israel’s Attorney General told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, that she will be indicted for fraudulently receiving items worth US$115,000, China’s Xinhua news agency reported citing a report late on Thursday.

Channel 2 TV news reported that Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit is expected to announce on Friday that Netanyahu would be charged after she would be summoned for a hearing.

Sara Netanyahu has been investigated for suspicions of ordering services and items and reporting them as public expenses instead of paying for them privately.

According to the suspicions, she ordered gourmet meals and bought garden furniture for the Netanyahu family’s private villa in Caesarea, a wealthy city in central Israel, and declared them as a public expense.

In addition, she was investigated for using an employee of the official prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem as a caretaker for her elderly father.

The Attorney General was not immediately available to comment. The Prime Minister’s Office rejected the report.

The prime minister himself has been under two separate criminal investigations over alleged corruption and bribery. – Bernama