NY brothers plead guilty in NJ in divorce case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 8:03 AM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two Brooklyn brothers have admitted traveling to New Jersey as part of a plan to coerce a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce through threats of violence.

Thirty-four-year-old Avrohom Goldstein and his 31-year-old brother, Moshe, pleaded guilty this week to traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion. They also said they and others restrained, assaulted and injured a man in Brooklyn in an attempt to extort a divorce in 2011.

The brothers each face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 fines when they're sentenced in June.

Another defendant pleaded guilty last week.

The men were arrested in October 2013 in an undercover sting in which an FBI agent contacted two rabbis seeking a divorce, known as a "get." The rabbis are awaiting trial.

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