Lakewood rabbi ordered beatings and demanded cash for forced divorces, attacker testifies

By MaryAnn Spoto, NJ Advance Media for Star-LedgerMarch 11, 2015 at 7:17 PM, updated March 12, 2015 at 7:56 AM 

TRENTON —A Lakewood rabbi accused of arranging forced divorces orchestrated the beating of a Brooklyn man and demanded $50,000 for his work, a convicted Jewish religious leader said on Wednesday.

In the ongoing federal conspiracy trial of Rabbi Mendel Epstein, David Wax detailed the roles of three of the four men accused of resorting to violence in exchange for large sums of cash to extract divorces from unwilling husbands.

Wax, the founder of a charitable organization that funneled millions of dollars to Israel, directly linked Epstein and two of the three other men on trial  . . .

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