Binyamin Gottlieb, of Monsey, arrested in Orange County murder-for-hire case

A third arrest was made Sunday in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire scheme inside an intensely religious community in Orange County. The FBI alleges that

The FBI alleges that Binyamin Gottlieb, of Monsey, was involved in a scheme to kidnap and kill a Hasidic man unwilling to give his wife a religious divorce.

The FBI alleges that Binyamin Gottlieb, of Monsey, was involved in a scheme to kidnap and kill a Hasidic man unwilling to give his wife a religious divorce. (9/12/16)

KIRYAS JOEL - A third arrest was made Sunday in connection with an alleged murder-for-hire scheme inside an intensely religious community in Orange County.

The FBI alleges that Binyamin Gottlieb, of Monsey, was involved in a scheme to kidnap and kill a Hasidic man unwilling to give his wife a religious divorce.

Gottlieb was arrested Sunday at John F. Kennedy International Airport while allegedly trying to flee the country.

Last week, Aharon Goldberg, of Israel, and Shimen Liebowitz, of Kiryas Joel, were also arrested as part of the alleged scheme.

According to the federal complaint, Gottlieb admitted to paying a confidential informant $25,000 to commit murder.

Liebowitz and Goldberg also allegedly paid thousands to carry out the scheme.

Sources say a fourth suspect is on the FBI's radar, although authorities did not confirm the information.

Officials also would not comment on whether the intended victim's wife played a role in the alleged scheme.

Liebowitz and Goldberg are being held without bail.

 

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