N.J. Men Allegedly Used Stun Gun to Force Jewish Divorce

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Old bank building at Olden Avenue (Mercer County Route 622) and Brunswick Avenue (U.S. Route 206) in Trenton, New Jersey. Credit: Wikicommons

Two New Jersey men have been charged with kidnapping a third man in an attempt to force him to grant his wife a get, or Jewish bill of divorce.

The U.S. attorney's office says David Aryeh Epstein and Chaim Baruch Rubin lured the victim from Brooklyn to Lakewood in November 2009 for a job opportunity. A few days later, several men allegedly tied him up, put him in a van and beat him and shocked him with a stun gun.

Epstein and Rubin made court appearances in Trenton Thursday afternoon and were released on $500,000 bail under home detention.

Epstein's attorney didn't return a message seeking comment. Rubin's attorney could be not be reached Thursday.

Ten people were charged last fall with similar crimes in an FBI sting. Four have since pleaded guilty.

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