Father, son accused of selling body parts on black market


A father and son from IL have been federally charged in MI for allegedly selling body parts infected with diseases on the black market.

The older Greene is charged with wire fraud, while his son is charged for his failure to report the scheme.

The latest charges are related to an investigation into Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2018.

Federal prosecutors said researchers paid to use the cadavers not knowing these tested positive for infectious diseases.

Donald Greene Sr. allegedly falsely told customers on at least eight occasions the parts BRCI was selling had received negative test results, according to authorities.

CBS 2 first broke the story of precious cargo and broken promises that donated bodies would go to medical research in 2015.

They both were associated with the now-closed Biological Resource Centre of Rosemont, Illinois, which sold and leased bodies and body parts.

The feds honed in on a key link to notorious Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn. Instead, parts of him sold for $5,000.

The pair allegedly kept bodies known to have HIV, sepsis and hepatitis on ice, and then sold them for up to $100,000, according to the report.

Federal attorneys called the men's alleged actions a plot "to defraud customers of the Biological Resource Center of IL", the outlet reported.

Donald Greene Sr. and Donald Greene II allegedly sold body parts that had tested positive for infectious diseases, including hepatitis, or had not been tested at all, and concealed that information from their customers, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of MI. Investigators said he regularly provided body parts to medical associations for various seminars but didn't tell them that the parts came from people with infectious diseases.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, which is handling the case, would not comment on anything beyond what's in the documents. "This fact was concealed by Donald A. Greene Sr.'s scheme to defraud".



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