Israel’s top prosecutor says he is considering charge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife with fraud.
The attorney general noted that he would make a final decision pending a pre-trial hearing for Sara Netanyahu.
The Israeli prime minister has said that the claims against his wife were absurd.
Sara Netanyahu is suspected of misusing state funds for catering purposes, the justice ministry said.
According to prosecutors, Sara Netanyahu and a top official, Ezra Sidoff, claimed costs for food prepared externally and for hiring private chefs, between September 2010 and March 2013.
Prosecutors added that this is while they covered up the fact that the residence also employed a cook.
“In this way, hundreds of meals from restaurants and chefs were fraudulently received in the order of 359,000 shekels,” a statement from the attorney general’s office said.
“Because of that the attorney general is considering to indict Mrs Netanyahu in offences of fraudulently receiving property under grave circumstances, fraud and breach of trust.”
Benjamin Netanyahu has reacted angrily to the charges.
“Sara Netanyahu is a strong and honourable woman and there has never been any fault in her actions,” a statement on the prime minister’s Facebook page said.
“Not only did the prime minister’s wife not commit any offence, but the preoccupation with the food of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who works around the clock for the state and its security – and with the food of his family, is a pathetic and obsessive one.”
“For how much longer will this obsessive involvement with the Netanyahu family continue?”