Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife signs plea deal over meal fraud case

Benjamin Netanyahu

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara signed a plea bargain on Wednesday over allegedly misusing state funds to order gourmet meals, the State Attorney’s Office said. Under the deal, Sara Netanyahu, 60, will admit lesser charges and be convicted of receiving something by intentionally exploiting another person’s mistake. She will repay 45,000 shekels ($12, 573) and pay a fine of 10,000 shekels ($2,794), Israel Radio reported. The deal will be presented before judge on Sunday at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. Sara Netanyahu was originally charged with fraud, aggravated fraud and breach of trust. According to her original chargesheet, she fraudulently obtained $100,000 of public funds for hundreds of meals. (IANS)