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Lakewood Man Admits Kidnap-for-Divorce Scheme, Risks Life in Prison

Admitting his role in a kidnap conspiracy might cost David Wax of Lakewood a lifetime in prison.

That’s according to information from the office of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, which outlined his guilty plea given today in a federal courtroom in Trenton. He could also be fined as much as $250,000.

The aim was to force a Jewish man from Brooklyn to give his wife a document, called a get, that would authorize a divorce according to Jewish law, prosecutors said.

According to investigators, the victim’s family paid Wax $100,000, and conspirators $50,000, for the service.

The victim was lured to Wax’s home in October 2010 under the ruse of editing Talmudic books for publication, authorities said. The victim was blindfolded, handcuffed, bound, and attacked by Wax and his conspirators until agreeing to the get, prosecutors said.

Wax’s sentencing is scheduled for August 19 of this year.

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