Sarah Netanyahu: Fraud case based on false testimony

The prime minister’s wife’s lawyer Yossi Cohen argued in defense of the fraud indictment filed against her on Thursday that it was based on false testimony given against Sarah Netanyahu by a former housekeeper Meni Naftali. He has already confessed to wrongdoing. The allegation of fraud in aggravated circumstances filed by the state attorney in the Jerusalem magistrate’s court referred to orders of meals for the official prime minister’s residence from high-end restaurants at state expense to the value of INS350,000 (App. $100,000), while a cook was employed there. The alleged outlay took place from September 2010 to March 2013.  Yossi Cohen further argued that the amount could easily be reduced to one-tenth of the total, given the cook’s times off duty for holidays, sick leave or Saturdays, leaving a sum too paltry for an indictment. Mrs. Netanyahu had formerly offered to reimburse the state for any sums in question. The prosecution is not expected to ask for a jail sentence for the prime minister’s wife – more likely public service.


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