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Another NY Man Pleads Guilty of Violence against Divorce-Refusers

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Another New York City man has pleaded guilty to being part of a group of men who used violent means in exchange for pay to force Jewish husbands to give their wives religious divorces.

Simcha Bulmash, 30, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J., to participating in the extortion ring, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000 when he is sentenced in July. He remains out of jail on bail, which includes a $500,000 bond and GPS monitoring.

At least three other members of the ring have pleaded guilty in recent weeks and face the same punishments.

Several men, including two Orthodox rabbis, were arrested last October as part of an undercover FBI sting operation. The ring charged some $60,000 for its services.

The men allegedly kidnapped and beat up recalcitrant husbands until they agreed to the religious divorce.

Orthodox Jewish women cannot remarry without a get, or writ of divorce, granted by a rabbinical court, which requires the husband’s consent. Some husbands and wives withhold a get in order to gain more favorable terms for alimony or custody of children.

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3 Responses to “Another NY Man Pleads Guilty of Violence against Divorce-Refusers”

  1. Les Martin says:

    Why prosecute them ,the men would not allow their wives a ‘get’,thereby allowing a divorce..so..!

  2. The shame in this is that the BethDins involved in these case have the authority to just issue the divorce, making all this stuff completely unnecessary.

  3. Robin Schwartz says:

    Rick…actually, a Beth Din has NO such authority. If the did there would never have been an issue.
    Les–Dina de-malchuta dina. Menacing, assault, kidnapping are all seriously against the law in any civilized country. It's thuggery when the Mob does it, and a HUGE Hillul Hashem for Jews to do such a thing! There was a recent case where a man would not give a get, so they used public pressure and a boycott of the family business. He gave the get, and no laws were broken.

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