JERUSALEM (JTA) – Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has signed a plea deal in a fraud case against her.
Sara Netanyahu is accused of ordering some $96,000 worth of private meals from high-end restaurants in 2010 and 2013 rather than using the cook at the prime minister’s residence to prepare meals, violating regulations that prevent those living in the residence from ordering meals from the outside when there is a cook on staff.
The investigation began in 2015 after the State Comptroller’s Office issued a report on the Netanyahu family household expenses.
Under the deal, Netanyahu will not admit to fraud, and instead will plead guilty to an amended charge of intentionally making use of another’s error, and will pay a $15,000 US fine to the state, the Kan national broadcaster reported.
The court must approve the plea deal.
Ezra Saidoff, a former caretaker at the Prime Minister’s Residence also faced charges in the case. Under his own plea deal, he will pay a $2,700 US fine and perform community service.