In a closely watched case widely covered by the mainstream press, a Crown Heights resident and Lubavitcher, Rabbi Sholom Ber Shuchat, who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and torture was sentenced to six-months of house-arrest, today, Thursday, by a federal district court judge.
He was one of nine, an organized group of Orthodox Rabbis who accepted money in exchange for beating husbands who are Halachically required to divorce their wives by a Rabbinic Court decision, but who refused to so. For a paltry sum, a woman can hire their services to extort her husband by severe torture, until he agrees to give the Get.
The group was busted by an FBI plant who recorded one such transaction on a secret video recorder, while pretending to be a woman in distress and in need of their ‘services’ to secure a Get.
All nine pleaded guilty to the charges. The maximum sentence for a conspiracy kidnapping charge is life in prison and a $250,000 fine
Previously, two leaders of the group were sentenced to four years in federal prison. Today, the New Jersey court ruled that the Lubavitcher Dayan, who played a much smaller role in the crimes, will be sentenced to only six-months of house-arrest.