Police recommend indicting Netanyahu’s wife over fraud

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Jerusalem, May 30 (IANS) Israeli Police have reportedly recommended filing charges against Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for allegedly misusing public funds.

Potential charges are allegedly based on three separate counts, including the ordering of food and private chefs for family events, the employment of a carer for Netanyahu’s father, and affairs surrounding the prime minister’s residences, according to Haaretz.

On the latter charge, Ezra Saidoff, deputy director general of the premier’s office, and electrician Avi Fahima, a former Likud Central Committee member, also look set to be indicted.

A statement from the Israeli Police said the investigation had been concluded.

“The case began in February 2015 with the approval of the attorney general and the state prosecutor and focused on a number of issues in connection to which suspicion of the commission of criminal offences arose, including fraudulent receipt, fraud and breach of trust, including addressing mutual accusations,” it read.

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The investigation was based on the findings of a report issued in February 2015 by the State Comptroller, which allegedly found that Sara Netanyahu used the funds for her private expenses.

Sara Netanyahu continues to deny any wrongdoing.



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