PM Netanyahu once again dismisses fraud allegations against wife Sara

The Prime Minister implied that he and his wife's former housekeeper Meni Naftali, who has since turned state's evidence against them, was the one responsible for ordering $100,000 worth of prepared food without permission.
Photo credit: Tomer Neuberg, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday dismissed the allegations against his wife, Sara, just hours after the Attorney General announced she would be indicted for charges relating to misuse of state funds.

In one of the four cases involving Mrs. Netanyahu, she is suspected of ordering about $100,000 worth of meals from chefs and restaurants to the PM's residence, while falsely claiming she and her husband were not hiring a private cook.

In a Facebook post, the Prime Minister implied that the one responsible for ordering these meals was their former housekeeper Meni Naftali, who has sued Mrs. Netanyahu for alleged abusive behavior.

The PM's formal residence in Jerusalem Photo credit: Channel 2 News

"The expenses for prepared food soared during Naftali's tenure as housekeeper," Netanyahu wrote, "and plummeted again when he left."

"Why did the expenses rise in those years? Who ate that massive amount of prepared meals, large enough to feed an entire soccer team? Definitely not our family," he added.

The investigation into the case found that Ezra Saidoff, the former deputy director general of the PM's officer, has forged receipts for meals in order to make the amounts seem smaller than what was actually ordered.

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