Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara was charged on Thursday with fraud and breach of trust after a long police probe into allegations she falsified household expenses in order to conceal the misuse of state funds, the justice ministry said.
“The Jerusalem district prosecutor a short time ago filed charges against the prime minister’s wife,” the ministry said, according to a report by NBC News.
The indictment charged that Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations prohibiting the practice if a cook is employed at the home.
Her husband is himself under investigation on suspicion of corruption offenses.
In one case, he and family members are suspected of receiving one million shekels ($285,000, 240,000 euros) worth of luxury cigars, champagne and jewelry from wealthy personalities in exchange for financial or personal favors.
In the other case, investigators suspect the premier of trying to reach an agreement with the owner of Yediot Aharonot, a top Israeli newspaper, for more favorable coverage.
Netanyahu has protested his innocence and vowed to remain in power, saying he is the victim of a “witch-hunt”.
He also faces suspicions of government favors that allegedly saw regulatory breaks go to Israel’s largest telecom firm Bezeq, in return for favorable coverage of him and his wife by a news website.