October 11, 2013

Orthodox rabbis charged in Jewish divorce shakedown plot

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Two rabbis were charged in New Jersey in a scheme to force men to grant their wives religious divorces. The arrests were accompanied by a series of searches executed by the FBI in Lakewood, Monsey, Brooklyn and elsewhere, including Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland on 91 West Carlton Road in Suffern, NY. Photo by Tim Farrell/courtesy The Star-Ledger

Two rabbis were charged in New Jersey in a scheme to force men to grant their wives religious divorces. The arrests were accompanied by a series of searches executed by the FBI in Lakewood, Monsey, Brooklyn and elsewhere, including Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Rockland on 91 West Carlton Road in Suffern, NY. Photo by Tim Farrell/courtesy The Star-Ledger

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(RNS) According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday (Oct. 10), the four are accused of charging families thousands of dollars to get recalcitrant husbands to agree to divorces, frequently by violent means.