Case Nearly Finished Against Gang who Violently Coerced Divorces

According to prosecutors in the case against a group of men arrested in 2013 for abducting husbands and coercing them into religious divorces, the court hearings are coming to an end. The gang of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men were arrested and charged with traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion, following an undercover investigation by the FBI, in which agents acted as wives and family members looking to hire Rabbis Martin Wolmark of Monsey and Mendel Epstein of Brooklyn who were in charge of the gang, who would abduct their husbands. On Monday 32-year old Moshe Goldstein was sentenced to 48 months in prison after admitting that he and the other men would then take the husband to New Jersey and use cattle prods and other forms of violence to force them to offer a “get” or a religious divorce to their wives. David Hellman and Simcha Bulmash were also sentenced to 44 months and 48 months in prison on Tuesday, with more members set to be sentenced Thursday, including 42-year old Ariel Potash of Monsey.

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