Israel media: Police recommend indicting Netanyahu's wife

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Posted: May 29, 2016 1:52 PM
Israel media: Police recommend indicting Netanyahu's wife

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reported Sunday that a police investigation has recommended indicting the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over misuse of state funds and inflated household spending.

Channel 2 TV, and other outlets, reported that police believe they have enough evidence to bring Sara Netanyahu to trial. It said she used state funds to care for her late father and over-billed for meals.

In a statement, police announced the end of their investigation but offered few details. A police spokesman would not comment further.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied the allegations in a Facebook post. "In the police statement there was no recommendation to bring Mrs. Netanyahu to trial. In contrast to reports, Mrs. Netanyahu did not commit any crime."

The Netanyahus have long faced scrutiny over their spending and have fended off accusations that their lifestyles are out of touch with ordinary Israelis.

Sara Netanyahu in particular has been accused of using government funds to support her expensive tastes and alleged abusive behavior toward staff.

In February, a former employee won a court case against her alleging he was subjected to abusive language and insults.