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In the Prepared Food Affair, the prosecution alleges that from September 2010 until March 2013, Netanyahu acted in coordination with Ezra Seidoff, then-deputy director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, falsely claiming that the Prime Minister's Residence did not employ a cook during that time.

According to the indictment, between 2010 and 2013 the Prime Minister's wife ordered a total of 350,000 shekels (nearly $100,000 U.S. dollars) worth of gourmet meals from various restaurants to the Prime Minister's Residence, a direct violation that bars outside meals being brought when a cook is employed at the residence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, has been charged with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds.

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The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday on fraud charges, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. State funding for both is not allowed.

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While the prime minister was not directly implicated in the case, the indictment against Sara Netanyahu threatens to embarrass the long-serving leader and brings back attention to his own legal problems.

The indictment, slated to be presented in May, was delayed after it emerged that Nir Hefetz, a former close adviser to the Netanyahu family, had provided new evidence against Netanyahu.

Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

In a statement posted on the prime minister's Facebook page, her lawyers called the indictment "baseless and delusional". The Israeli prime minister is himself embroiled in a series of corruption investigations but has protested his innocence and vowed to remain in power, saying he is the victim of a witch-hunt.

In one case, the prime minister and his family are suspected of receiving one million shekels worth of luxury cigars, champagne and jewellery from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours. This is in violation of rules that prohibit ordering meals from outside the residence when a cook is employed, which Netanyahu reportedly tried to hide.


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