Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signed a plea bargain Wednesday to pay NIS 55,000 ($15,215) for allegedly exploiting state resources for private catering services at the Prime Minister’s Residence.
According to the deal, which will be presented Wednesday at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, Mrs. Netanyahu will be charged with a criminal offense for receiving a gift by purposefully exploiting other people’s mistakes but not by fraudulent means. The fine will be transferred to the state.
Mrs. Netanyahu will not have to plead guilty to defrauding the state, as she was accused of doing when an indictment was first filed against her in June 2018. She will not stand trial after the case went through a six-month long arbitration process.
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