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Israeli PM’s wife convicted for fraud
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Israeli PM’s wife convicted for fraud

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An Israeli court has  convicted the wife of the Prime Minister,   Benjamin Netanyahu, of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates’ court justice Avital Chen.

Netanyahu was also fined 10,000 shekels (2,800 dollars) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.

'The deal reached between the sides is worthy and appropriately reflects the deeds and their severity on the criminal level,' Mr.  Chen said in his ruling.

The 60-year-old, a high-profile presence at her husband’s side through his long tenure in office, was initially charged in June 2018 with fraud and breach of trust for buying catered meals despite the presence of a cook at the minister’s official residence.

The amended indictment, approved Sunday, dropped the graft charges.