Three New York rabbis have been arrested along with one other man in a divorce scandal that has been going on for over 20 years. On Oct. 12, ABC 7 reported that Rabbi Mendel Epstein, Rabbi Martin Wolmark, Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, and Ariel Potash are facing charges serious charges after their "secret" divorce ring was uncovered.
"The investigation revealed that unhappy Orthodox Jewish wives who wanted a divorce were paying $100,000 to the rabbis. In exchange, the rabbis would facilitate divorce, frequently by hiring armed thugs kidnap the husbands and beat them until they agreed," ABC 7 reported.
The New York rabbis arrested have not admitted to their alleged crimes just yet but the FBI set up a raid and had enough of dirt on these people to hopefully put them away. Over 2,000 men have faced the "tough guys" who used pretty much whatever means necessary to make them agree to give their wives a "get," which is a document needed to get a divorce in the Orthodox community.
"FBI agents were also at Rabbi Epstein's house in Flatbush, Brooklyn, executing a search. The suspects allegedly hired by the rabbis were based in Middlesex County. The investigation came out of the FBI Newark office," according to ABC 7.
The New York rabbis arrested and the fourth man in connection to the case will be in court in the coming days.
© Effie Orfanides 2013