Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Assault and Kidnapping Accusations

On Wednesday a Monsey Rabbi pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce to commit extortion in an ongoing case against a group of men who were accused in 2013 of using physical violence to force husband’s into offering their wives religious divorces. 56-year old Martin Wolmark was seen in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, where he admitted to the accusations that he and eight men were paid by various women at different times to bring their husbands to a warehouse in New Jersey and torture them, in some cases, using cattle prods, until the agreed to get, or divorce by religious law. In October 2013 an undercover female FBI agent recorded a meeting with Wolmark and his partner in the scheme Rabbi Mendel Epstein of Brooklyn, where they discussed the kidnapping and forms of torture they would be using. Wolmark will face his sentencing of up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on May 18.

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