A Brooklyn rabbi got 10 years in the slammer Tuesday for his role as the ringleader of a gang of Jewish men who used violence — involving handcuffs and electric cattle prods — to force reluctant husbands to give their wives religious divorces.
Mendel Epstein, 70, was dubbed “The Prodfather” after he was convicted of charging desperate wives thousands of dollars to torture their husbands into compliance.
The white-bearded Talmudic scholar once bragged about using an electric cattle prod to persuade the men to sign a religious divorce document, known as a “get.”
Epstein, a prominent rabbi who specializes in divorce proceedings, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 10 years behind bars — but he could have been sent away for life, authorities said.
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