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Monsey Man Sentenced In Scheme To Violently Coerce Religious Divorce

Three New York men were sentenced today for their roles in a scheme violently coerce a recalcitrant husband to grant his wife a religious divorce.
Three New York men were sentenced today for their roles in a scheme violently coerce a recalcitrant husband to grant his wife a religious divorce. Photo Credit: File

MONSEY, N.Y. -- Three New York men, including a Monsey resident, were sentenced Thursday for their roles in a scheme to violently coerce a recalcitrant husband to grant his wife a religious divorce, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Avrohom Goldstein, 36, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 45 months in prison; Ariel Potash, 42, of Monsey, was sentenced to 14 months in prison; and Sholom Shuchat, 31, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to time served.

All three defendants previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to one count of traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion, according to the New Jersey District Attorney's office.

In addition to the prison term, Wolfson sentenced Goldstein, Potash, and Shuchat to each serve two years of supervised release. Moshe Goldstein previously pleaded guilty to one count of traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion and was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison.

Hellman and Bulmash previously pleaded guilty to one count of traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion and were sentenced on Tuesday to 44 and 48 months in prison.

Wolmark, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce to commit extortion, is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 14.

Epstein, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 15.

Stimler and Jay Goldstein, both convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, are scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16.

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