Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's wife Sara charged with fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening of a special exhibit on Jewish presence in Jerusalem at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Israeli prosecutors charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday with misusing over $100,000 U.S. in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country's most famous chefs.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on Thursday officially indicted on charges of aggravated fraud and breach of trust, according to the Justice Ministry.

Sara Netanyahu's lawyer Yossi Cohen has described the indictment filed against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife on Thursday as "ridiculous and freaky".

According to the indictment, Netanyahu falsely claimed there was no cook at the time in the Prime Minister's Residence when in reality there was a full-time cook when she claimed the expenses.

According to the allegations, the two made the false claim to circumvent and exploit regulations stating that "in a case where a cook is not employed in the official residence, it is permitted to order prepared food as needed".

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu pictured together in Milan.

In September 2017, Israel's attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, announced he was minded to file an indictment subject to a pre-indictment hearing, which took place in January. Ezra Saidoff, former deputy director general of the prime minister's office, faces the same charges. Her husband is now facing a number of criminal investigations relating to allegations of corruption.

The charges against Netanyahu include fraud and breaches of trust.

Bibi denies the allegations and has called the investigations - get ready for it - a witch hunt.

In one case, he and family members are suspected of receiving $285,000 (£215,000) worth of luxury cigars, champagne and jewellery from wealthy personalities in exchange for financial or personal favours.

In another case, investigators suspect the premier of trying to reach an agreement with the owner of Yediot Aharonot, a top Israeli newspaper, for more favourable coverage.

The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office said the decision to indict both Mrs Netanyahu and Mr Seidoff was made "after reviewing all evidence and weighing all circumstances of the case".

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