Israel PM's wife convicted of misusing public funds

The first lady was initially charged in June 2018 with fraud and breach of trust

The first lady was initially charged in June 2018 with fraud and breach of trust

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sentenced on Sunday by Jerusalem's magistrate court to pay a $15,000 fine for misusing state funds.

According to the original indictment, Sara Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained from the state more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at home.

Meanwhile, the prime minister, 69, still faces an indictment on corruption charges of his own.

An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of misusing state funds, the Associated Press reported.

Israel's YNet website published a photograph of what it said was a note from her husband, who was not in the court, that was passed to her during the session.

In a small room at the Jerusalem magistrates' court, packed with journalists, Netanyahu told the judge she was aware of the charges. Under the plea deal, she admitted guilt on lesser charges.

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Netanyahu's attorney Yossi Cohen told the court his client had already been heavily punished by the media.

Sara Netanyahu was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust a year ago.

Under the deal, Mrs Netanyahu will repay the state $12,490 and pay a fine of $2,777.

Prosecutor Erez Padan said that the prosecution had made "significant concessions" that led to a "balanced and right plea deal".

She has also faced accusations of mistreating staff.

He is up for re-election again in September 17 polls, the second to be held this year after he was unable to form a coalition following an April vote.

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