Report: Netanyahu's Wife To Be Charged With Corruption

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Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is reportedly going to be indicted on Sept. 8 on charges of misusing public funds.

Israel National News first reported the update to the so-called "Residences Scandal" cases on Sept. 7.

In August, the nation's attorney general accepted recommendations from the police department to charge the Israeli first lady and stated that she would soon be indicted.

Officers made the initial recommendation in December 2015 -- at the time, they suggested that she face charges of fraudulent acquisition, fraud and breach of public trust for allegedly taking furniture from the Prime Minister's office and home and putting it in the Netanyahus' own private residence in Caesarea, Israel.

She is also accused of paying a former Likud party Central Committee member high rates from government funds to work on her family's home, and some say that the Netanyahu family spends an exorbitant amount of funds on meals.

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The Netanyahu family has denied these claims.

"The allegations against the wife of the Prime Minister are absurd and will be proven as such," the family said in a statement, according to Israel National News. "Sara Netanyahu is a courageous and honest woman and there have never been any flaws with her actions. In addition to working as an educational psychologist and child care expert every week, she spends much of her time helping children with cancer, Holocaust survivors and lone soldiers."

The statement says that former house manager Manny Naftali was behind a number of steep living expense increases and noted that costs immediately dropped as soon as he was replaced.

"Naftali is falsely accusing the Prime Minister’s wife in order to escape responsibility for the crimes he committed," the family added.

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In preparation for the legal battle, Sara Netanyahu has reportedly taken a polygraph test at a Tel Aviv-area hospital, reports The Independent. Though such lie detector tests are inadmissible as evidence in court, they can be used in a less formal manner to bolster her testimony.

The test results show that she honestly answered "no" to the question: "Were you aware in real time of the breaking of rules regarding the ordering of food and other items for the Prime Minister’s residence?"

The Israeli first lady is not the only member of her family embroiled in legal fights. Officials are investigating her husband for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in four separate cases, in part because he is accused of accepting extravagant gifts including cigars and champagne from supporters.

Sources: Israel National News (2, 3), Independent / Featured Image: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr / Embedded Images: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs/FlickrStateofIsrael/Flickr

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