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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monsey - FBI raids yeshiva in divorce-gang probe

MONSEY — The FBI descended late Wednesday on Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in connection with an investigation into a gang that pressured men into giving their wives religious divorces.

The FBI told Ramapo police to follow them to the yeshiva on Carlton Road about 9 p.m. Authorities remained at the scene until early Thursday morning, when several agents were seen leaving the building, loading equipment into several unmarked cars with New Jersey license plates.

The source said arrests were made in Rockland as well as New Jersey.

An FBI spokesman in the New York City office said actions in connection to the investigation were also ongoing in Brooklyn.

The spokesman would only say that searches were being conducted in connection with an “ongoing investigation.” He could not confirm whether arrests had been made and referred all calls to the agency’s Newark, N.J. office. Officials there could not be reached for comment.

FBI agents were seen loading evidence into a car outside the yeshiva. Students were forced to wait in the yeshiva's parking lot during the raid.

Authorities say a search linked to the investigation is also under way at the rabbi's home in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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