A father and son have been charged in MI for crimes related to allegedly selling diseased body parts through their company, the Biological Resource Center of Illinois (BRCI).
The father was charged with wire fraud, his son with having knowledge of the scam but neglecting to report it.
Federal prosecutors said researchers paid to use the cadavers not knowing these tested positive for infectious diseases. Those promises were allegedly made by Greene Sr. and his namesake.
"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. 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.
The outlet reported that people donated the bodies of their loved ones to the Biological Resource Center of IL with the promise that they would be donated for medical research. Instead, federal officials say they were sold for up to $100,000 on the black market.
Bodies and body parts weren't donated at all, but in some cases were sold on the black market.
In 2013, the Greenes allegedly sold remains to the Detroit Medical Center's sports medicine department that had tested positive for hepatitis, and concealed this information, according to court documents. Also, a search warrant stated that an unidentified woman was told by the center that her son's tissues would be donated to colleges and research centers, but some of his body parts were sold for $5,000.
It is illegal to knowingly sell remains that are diseased.
The Greenes came up as investigators were probing notorious Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn.
The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, which is handling the case, would not comment on anything beyond what's in the documents.