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Wife of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pleads guilty to misuse government funds



The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a plea deal in connection with allegations that she misused about $ 100,000 in government money

Under terms of the agreement, Sara Netanyahu, 60, has been sentenced to pay a (19659003) ISRAEL AG REJECTS NETANYAHU REQUEST TO PUSH BACK PRE-INDICTMENT HEARING

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are seen in Tel Aviv, April 10, 2019. (Getty Images) “/>

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are seen in Tel Aviv, April 1

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Mrs. Netanyahu, who has been married to the prime minister since 1991, was accused of running large tabs at luxury restaurants, even though the prime minister's official residence was a full-time chef

Her lawyer, Yossi Cohen, claimed in court that

The state attorney's office said she would pay additional fines to close the case, and that the case was lacking in merit and was brought only as a political smear directed at her husband, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Mrs. Netanyahu has been indicted on fraud and breach-of-trust charges last year. Under the plea deal, she admits guilt on lesser charges.

Meanwhile, the prime minister, 69, still faces an indictment on his own charges of corruption

The Associated Press contributed to this story. ]
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