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Israel PM's wife under scanner for misusing public funds, faces charges of fraud
Israel's Prime Minister's wife could face charges of misusing public funds as the attorney general of the country has made it clear that he wants to press fraud charges against her.

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been accused of misusing a part of $100,000 of public funds while she was managing the prime minister's official residence. But that is not the end of the story. Sara was accused of using state funds to pay for expenses incurred at the PM's private residence and utilising public employees to care for her dying father.

As per Israeli rules, the state cannot be charged for food ordered from outside when a cook has been employed and the PM's wife has been accused of conspiring with a PM's staff member to hide the fact that a cook has been employed. Thus all the expensive meals ordered from high-end restaurants were wrongly billed to the state. 

The amount of money involved might not be too much but is mostly seen as a failure to discharge pubic duties properly. The charges that the attorney general has sought against Sara carry a maximum punishment of imprisonment of five years.

Benjamin Netanyahu has also been accused of corruption in the past though the investigations have been nothing less than shoddy and he has left no stone unturned to use the allegations for his political advantage. One of the most serious cases involving his close aides is the purchase of German-made submarines and missile ships. The extent of this scam goes to be around $2 billion.

Netanyahu has termed the allegations "absurd" and said that the prime witness in the case is a "serial liar". He has accused his opponents of subjecting him to a "kind of nosiness" that no prime minster of the country has been subject to, before. 

What remains to be seen is whether the PM's wife will be charged and imprisoned or whether Netanyahu will be able to clear his wife of the allegations and thus, save himself from political punishments.

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