FBI arrests Rabbi Mendel Epstein, of Flatbush, in divorce extortion case
FLATBUSH - The FBI has arrested a prominent Orthodox rabbi in Flatbush after raiding his home in a probe spanning from Brooklyn to New Jersey and upstate New York.
Agents collected evidence at the home of Rabbi Mendel Epstein in a case involving extortion.
Epstein was arrested along with one other rabbi and two additional people for allegedly bullying Orthodox husbands into granting their wives divorces.
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In some cases, investigators say Epstein and his accomplices were paid $100,000 by women seeking divorces in a community where it's generally not accepted.
The FBI says it caught the suspects in a sting operation where the suspects allegedly plotted to kidnap a man to force him to grant a religious divorce.
The FBI also raided a yeshiva in Monsey last night.