Netanyahu's wife fined for misusing public money

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2019-06-16 | Since 4 Month

Sara Netanyahu

Sara Netanyahu was accused of overspending the state funds on catered meals at the premier's official residence, despite a full-time chef having been employed to cook. A plea bargain saw her avoiding a harsher sentence.

An Israeli court on Sunday convicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyoahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu, of misusing state funds, fining her roughly $15,000 (€13,000) ago.

Sara Netanyahu was accused of overspending the state funds on catered meals at the premier's official residence, despite a full-time chef having been employed to cook. A plea bargain saw her avoiding a harsher sentence.

An Israeli court on Sunday convicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu, of misusing state funds, fining her roughly $15,000 (€13,000).

Netanyahu, 59, was expected to receive a five-year-sentence but the court accepted a plea bargain that saw her admit to lesser charges.

 She had been accused of obtaining more than $100,000 (€86,7000) from the state for ordering hundreds of meals from restaurants, bypassing rules that forbid using such funds if a cook is employed at home.

The lavish meals allegedly came from a number of well-known restaurants in Jerusalem, including an Italian restaurant, a Middle Eastern grill joint and a sushi restaurant.

Her lawyers said the food had been ordered against her will.

The court found her guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered her also to reimburse the state another $12,500 (€11,000).

Sara Netanyahu was accused of overspending the state funds on catered meals at the premier's official residence, despite a full-time chef having been employed to cook. A plea bargain saw her avoiding a harsher sentence.

An Israeli court on Sunday convicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu, of misusing state funds, fining her roughly $15,000 (€13,000).

Netanyahu, 59, was expected to receive a five-year-sentence but the court accepted a plea bargain that saw her admit to lesser charges.

 She had been accused of obtaining more than $100,000 (€86,7000) from the state for ordering hundreds of meals from restaurants, bypassing rules that forbid using such funds if a cook is employed at home.

The lavish meals allegedly came from a number of well-known restaurants in Jerusalem, including an Italian restaurant, a Middle Eastern grill joint and a sushi restaurant.

Her lawyers said the food had been ordered against her will.

The court found her guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered her also to reimburse the state another $12,500 (€11,000).

Sara Netanyahu has also long faced allegations of extravagance and abusive behavior from employees

"The deal reached between the sides is worthy and appropriately reflects the deeds and their severity on the criminal level," Avital Chen, the magistrates' court justice, said after the Sunday verdict.

Mistreatment allegations

It is not the first time Sara, an educational psychologist, has come before a court over alleged misbehavior.

In 2016, a labor court in Jerusalem found her guilty of abusing an employee at the official residence and ordered her to pay $42,000 in damages, while in 2018, the Netanyahus won a libel suit against an Israeli reporter, Igal Sarna, who claimed Sara had once thrown her husband Benjamin out of a car onto the side of the road during an argument.

She has also long faced other allegations from employees of extravagance, abusive behavior and mistreatment.

 

 

 


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