A father and son have been federally charged in the state of Michigan for allegedly selling body parts infected with diseases on the black market.
Donald Greene Sr. and Donald Greene Jr. allegedly knew the body parts they sold were infected with diseases including HIV, sepsis and hepatitis, according to CBS 2 Chicago. They obtained the body parts from the now-closed Biological Resource Center of Illinois
It was reported that people donated the bodies of their loved ones to the Biological Resource Center of Illinois with the promise that they would be donated for medical research. But Instead, the bodies were kept on ice and allegedly sold, some for up to $100,000, according to a search warrant.
Federal prosecutors said the people who bought the bodies reportedly did not know they had tested positive for infectious diseases.
According to CBS 2, the Greenes allegedly sold the diseased remains from 2008 to 2014.
The charges indicate that the Greenes sold at least one part to Detroit Medical Center’s sports medicine department that “had previously tested positive for hepatitis,” allegedly concealed from the center by Greene Sr., according to the local news outlet.
Greene Sr. has been charged with wire fraud while his son has been charged with intentionally concealing a crime. The charges were filed last week as a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is expected.
The charges against the Greenes are related to an investigation that saw the arrest of a Detroit-area man who was sentenced last year to 9 years in prison.
Arthur Rathburn was convicted of fraud and shipping hazardous materials last May. 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.
If these men are convicted of this crime, what kind of sentence should they face?