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Wife of Israel prime minister charged with fraud over misuse of public funds

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with a serious of crimes including fraud over misuse of public funds on Thursday.

Netanyahu, 59, was also charged with breach of trust in connection with the "Prepared Food Affair," the Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu was accused of misusing about $100,000 of public funds for catering services at the prime minister's Jerusalem home while falsely stating there were no cooks on staff, the justice ministry stated.

Prosecution alleged in the "Prepared Food Affair" that Netanyahu along with then-deputy director-general Ezra Seidoff claiming the Prime Minister's residence did not have a cook although one was working at the home. She allegedly ordered that the cook's employment be kept secret and "she was aware that ordering meals from the outside for the residence when it employed a cook was a violation of the rules," Haaretz reported.

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