AG won’t file civil suit against Sara Netanyahu in catering case

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided not to file a civil suit on behalf of the state against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife in a case involving allegations of illegally procured catering services at the premier’s office residence.

As part of the plea deal, Sara Netanyahu pleaded guilty to taking unfair advantage of a mistake and agreed to pay a fine of some $15,000.

She and a former caretaker at the Prime Minister’s Residence, who also admitted to the same charge as part of a plea deal, had been accused of fraud and breach of trust for using some $100,000 of state funds on catered meals while there was a full-time chef on staff.

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, arrives at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on June 16, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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