Arrests Made at Monsey Yeshiva

The head of a Monsey yeshiva and two other rabbis were among at least four men arrested in an FBI investigation into a group that is accused of using kidnapping, along with other methods, to force Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, the group planned to kidnap and torture a man they thought was the husband of an Orthodox woman. The woman was actually an undercover FBI agent. One of those arrested was Rabbi Martin Wolmark, the dean of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, which was one of the locations raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Also charged was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, a prominent ultra-Orthodox divorce mediator in Brooklyn, along with two others. They were scheduled to appear in US District Court in Trenton, NJ this afternoon.

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