Father, son charged with selling infected body parts on black market

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 14, 2019

A father-son duo from IL was recently charged in MI for selling body parts infected with HIV, sepsis, and hepatitis in the black market for research purposes. "This fact was concealed by Donald A. Greene Sr.'s scheme to defraud".

The latest charges are related to an investigation of a Detroit-area man who was sentenced last year to nine years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say researchers paid to use cadavers without knowing they had tested positive for infectious diseases, the Associated Press reported.

Evidence collected from Rathburn's case led federal investigators to Greene Sr. and his namesake. The Greenes were involved in this scheme from 2008 to 2014.

CBS 2 first broke the story of precious cargo and broken promises that donated bodies would go to medical research in 2015. The two were associated with the presently-closed Biological Resource Center of Rosemont, Illinois, where people donated the bodies of their loved ones, with the understanding that they would be used for medical research.

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

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

Some of the body parts were allegedly sold for as much as $100,000, and were infected with HIV and sepsis, according to ABC TV station WISN.

Federal attorneys called the men's alleged actions a plot "to defraud customers of the Biological Resource Center of IL", the outlet reported. Instead, parts of him sold for $5,000. What is illegal is to knowingly sell remains that tested for infectious diseases, like what was allegedly done by the Greenes from 2008 to 2014.

When reached by ABC News, the U.S. Attorney's office had no comment on the case.

The documents say that at least one specimen was sold to Detroit Medical Center's sport's medicine department. Selling, buying, and leasing body parts is not illegal-but it is illegal to sell infected body parts without informing the buyer.

While Greene Jr. faces a felony for intentionally concealing a crime.

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