Father, son accused of selling body parts on black market

Maricruz Casares
Abril 14, 2019

A Chicago-area father and son face federal charges in MI for allegedly selling diseased body parts on the black market. Donald Greene II has been charged with misprision of a felony - allegedly having knowledge of the scheme to defraud, not reporting it to law enforcement, and taking steps to hide the scheme.

Investigators were led to the pair after tracking evidence connected to Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in May 2018 for supplying cadavers and body parts that were infected for medical training.

But Federal prosecutors say researchers paid up to $100,000 for each cadaver - not knowing many of them had tested positive to a wide array of diseases.

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

It is alleged the Greene's did this from 2008 to 2014.

Donald Greene Sr. and Donald Greene Jr. allegedly knew the body parts they sold from the now-closed Biological Resource Center of IL were infected with diseases including HIV, sepsis and hepatitis, according to CBS 2 Chicago.

The two allegedly promised people that the donated bodies would go to medical research, according to CBS.

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

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

The Center's customers, according to federal charges, are only interested in purchasing healthy remains "that had tested negative for 'certain infectious diseases'".

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

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

According to reports, the charges were filed as a criminal information, suggesting a guilty plea is expected.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation carried out a search warrant at Rathburn's "filthy" warehouse in December 2013, they found human body parts in paint cans, beer coolers and plastic containers, covered with dead flies.

"Arthur Rathburn carried out a long-term, complex scheme to increase his personal profits, showing little respect to the donors and risking the welfare of those in the medical and dental community relying on human remains free from hepatitis, HIV, and other risky diseases", said Timothy R. Slater, special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI in a statement.

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