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Ninth Associate of Prodfather Rabbi’s Violent ‘Get’ Ring Sentenced

Rabbi Jay “Yaakov” Goldstein was sentenced to eight years in prison for his participation in a ring that violently attempted to coerce Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces.

Goldstein, 61, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced in a statement.

Goldstein was one of 10 people, three of them Orthodox rabbis, convicted for their roles in the ring, which for a fee kidnapped and tortured recalcitrant husbands. He is the last one to be sentenced.

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According to halachah, or Jewish law, a Jewish woman cannot remarry without receiving a Jewish divorce, or get, from her husband.

The women who are trapped in such marriages are called agunot, meaning chained women.

The ring’s members were busted in an FBI sting operation in 2013.

It’s leader was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 70, of New Jersey, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday.

RELATED: Bye-bye Prodfather.

It’s leader was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 70, of New Jersey, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday.

Among the weapons used on the victims were cattle prods, earning Epstein the ignominous nickname of The Prodfather.

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