Israeli First Lady convicted of misusing state funds

Israeli First Lady convicted of misusing state funds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara has admitted to misusing state funds.

Mrs Netanyahu was accused of spending US$99,300 ($145,000) on restaurant-cooked meals while falsely claiming there were no cooks available at the prime ministerial residence.

She dodged goal-time by taking a plea deal which reduced a fraud charge to a lesser offence.

The Israeli First Lady will need to pay the state 45,000 shekels ($18,000) in reimbursement and a 10,000 shekel ($4000) fine.

Mrs Netanyahu’s conviction comes just three-and-a-half months after Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit notified her husband he would be tried for bribery and fraud.

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