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Sara Netanyahu, Wife of Israeli PM, Charged With Fraud for Using State Funds on Gourmet Meals

Sara Netanyahu, Wife of Israeli PM, Charged With Fraud for Using State Funds on Gourmet Meals

The prime minister’s wife reportedly spent $100,000 of state funds on gourmet meals even though they had a cook.

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Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit indicted Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, for allegedly misusing state funds to pay for meals to their residence. From Fox News:

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.

The indictment came after Netanyahu refused to pay for the outside meal’s values despite a number of attempts to reach an agreement.

The allegations also state that Netanyahu and Seidoff “hoped to obtain state funding both for the cook at the residence and for prepared food orders.” The Jerusalem Post continued:

Furthermore, in 15 instances, invoices to chefs who were brought in from outside were falsified in order to circumvent limits on how much could be paid toward outside-chefs. Seidoff directed the chefs, the house managers and Netanyahus’ secretaries to falsify the invoices in these 15 instances.

Charges against Netanyahu for these 15 instances were previously closed by Mandelblit as there was insufficient evidence to prove that she knew about Seidoff’s and the others’ actions.

Her husband “has called the allegations against his wife absurd and unfounded.” Netanyahu’s lawyer Yossi Cohen told The Jerusalem Post back “in January that Meni Naftali [former housekeeper] and other Prime Minister’s Residence managers like him, not Sara, are responsible for the food orders regarding which she is accused.”

More from The Jerusalem Post:

Cohen further has said that number could be easily reduced to NIS 30,000-NIS 40,000, as many times when prepared food was ordered, the staff cook was sick, traveling or off for Shabbat.

Asked if he could prove this argument, Cohen said it is known that the cook was off work for these reasons, and that all he needs to do is raise doubt and force the state to prove that the cook was in fact working at the time. Since he said the state has no way to prove, for example, that the cook was working when around NIS 15,000 was charged for prepared food in January 2011, it cannot prove Netanyahu or anyone else improperly ordered prepared food.

Cohen said that if the charges only related to NIS 30,000-NIS 40,000 at most, they could be dropped as relating to an oversight or to a violation too small to be worth prosecuting.

Translation: The spin of Sarah Netanyahu and her lawyers turned out to be groundless: not “air raids”, but fraud by hundreds of thousands of shekels on purpose.

*This is a breaking story. I will update the post as more information comes out.

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From this far area, both in time and in space, how can any of us know what actually did or did not happen?

However, it’s hard not to laugh while reading the complaint. Trying to bring down the PM’s wife by forcing an argument over who picks up the dinner tab? It reads like a bad joke featuring the worst anti-semitic stereotype you can think of.

Seems like mini USA.

Can you imagine all the Wed parties Mooochelle and Barrrrackk had at the WH on taxpayers dimes, how much that came out to?

    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | June 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    All the what parties? And how could they be having any kind of private parties on the taxpayers’ dime? Are you somehow under the impression that we pay for the private expenses of the president and his family? The only perk the Trumps, and before them the 0bamas, get is free housing at the White House; we don’t charge them rent. They don’t get anything else, unless they’re at an official function, doing our business.

      austin in reply to Milhouse. | June 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      for the wugu beef alone

      Oh come on, Milhouse, you know that taxpayers footed the bill for the Obamas’ extravagant parties they hid from the public. Here’s just one example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084800/Inside-Obamas-secret-Alice-In-Wonderland-themed-Halloween-party-White-House.html

      Do you really imagine the Obamas footed the bill for that? The security alone must have cost us a fortune.

        Milhouse in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | June 24, 2018 at 4:14 am

        If it was not an official function then the taxpayer did not pay for it. If it was an official function then it was right for the taxpayer to pay for it, and it couldn’t have been a secret. (If the press chose not to report on it, that would be their decision, not the government’s.)

        White House security is of course a legitimate taxpayer expense, not something the president or his family privately needs or benefits from, so it’s not fair to complain about it as if it were some perk they get; and that’s just as true whether it’s the Trumps or the 0bamas. In any case it costs pretty much the same whether they’re having a party or not.

        Most importantly, though, you didn’t answer my question. All the what parties? What on earth is a “Wed party”?

    austin in reply to gonzotx. | June 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    millions

This reads as sour grapes for not getting the prime minister.

4th armored div | June 21, 2018 at 10:47 am

this is a very sad development.
Israeli politics always read like a libretto opera set in the 1700’s. The Lilliputians are tying Gulliver in knots.

Bibi is a genuine hero in defense of a State under continuous attack. The diversity of attacks and local politics is unusual in a small democracy. Someone needs to pay the outstanding cash and let Bibi keep his mind on protecting Israel (maybe a gofundme).

    Tom Servo in reply to 4th armored div. | June 21, 2018 at 11:35 am

    People will probably hate to hear this, but at some point, for the sake of the Nation at some point Bibi is probably going to need to lead what the South Americans call an “autogolpe”, or self-coup, to throw out the entrenched bureaucracy and do a wholesale reformation of their governing structure.

    Milhouse in reply to 4th armored div. | June 24, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Sorry to disappoint you, but Netanyahu is no hero. He’s responsible for a lot of the mess Israel is in. He talks a tough game, but almost every time the pressure is on he caves. He started out as an opponent of the Oslo accord, but when Rabin’s assassination turned the polls against him he flipped and became a supporter. Almost his first act as prime minister was to give Hevron away to the PLO. He made a show of opposing the Gaza giveaway, but made sure to stay in the cabinet until it was too late to stop it. His government continues to suppress Jewish construction on unowned land in the “territories”, while allowing unchecked Arab construction, and to give legitimacy to the leftist judicial establishment. Overall if you look at his actions rather than his words it’s hard to find that much to admire. The sad thing is that there are so few realistic alternatives who are any better.

That’s a lot of money for Chinese food.

360,000 shekels is approx 99,000$…over 17 years?

come on…..this is ludicrous

    Milhouse in reply to austin. | June 24, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Yes, it’s petty, but if Michelle 0bama were caught with such a petty offense we’d all be demanding charges.

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