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‘Body brokers’ charged with selling diseased human remains

‘Body brokers’ charged with selling diseased human remains”

A father and son from Chicago have been charged in MI as part of an investigation into diseased body parts sold on the black market for research.

Donald Greene Sr. was charged with wire fraud and his son, Donald Greene II, was charged with intentionally concealing a crime last week for allegedly running an years-long operation that involved selling diseased cadavers to researchers, who had no idea about the scheme, the Associated Press reported.

The federal charges state the goal of the scheme was to "profit from payments made by customers who were unaware that they either received remains that had tested positive for serious infectious diseases or were unable to be tested for these diseases".

He's now in federal prison, and evidence collected in his case led the fed to the Chicago area, to Donald Greene Sr. and Donald Green Jr.

Prosecutors allege the scheme was meant "to defraud customers of the Biological Resource Center of IL", according to court documents.

While most people are buried or cremated when they died, some bodies are donated to science.

Bodies and body parts weren't donated at all, but in some cases were sold on the black market.

Some were sold for up to $100,000.

Cops say that a search warrant revealed that one devastated mother was told by the company that her son's tissues had been donated for research.

The men allegedly sold at least one specimen that "had previously tested positive for hepatitis" to Detroit Medical Center's sports medicine department - an act that "was concealed by Donald A. Greene Sr.'s scheme to defraud", according to the federal charging document obtained by the outlet. Selling, buying, and leasing body parts is not illegal-but it is illegal to sell infected body parts without informing the buyer.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, which is handling the case, would not comment on anything beyond what's in the documents.

The charges were filed last week as a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is expected.

The feds honed in on a key link to notorious Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn.



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