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Feds bust father-son team who sold diseased body parts

Delhi News-Record 2019-04-12 04:46:00

Feds bust father-son team who sold diseased body parts

Published on: April 11, 2019 | Last Updated: April 11, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

Donald Greene Sr. (left) and his son Donald Greene II are facing federal charges for allegedly selling body parts knowing they had tested positive for infectious diseases. CBS2

A macabre father-son team is accused of selling body parts ravaged by infectious diseases, including HIV, sepsis and hepatitis.

According to cops, Donald Greene Sr. is charged with wire fraud and his son, Donald Greene II, is charged with concealing a crime.

The gruesome twosome — who are from Illinois — allegedly sold the body parts of people who believed they were donating their bodies to science.

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.

The Greenes allegedly knew the truth but didn’t disclose it to the buyers.

Notorious Detroit body parts broker Arthur Rathburn is doing a 9-year jolt in jail.

Operating from 2008 to 2014 through the Biological Resource Center of Rosemont, the company provided the bodies to researchers.

Cops say that a search warrant revealed that one devastated mother was told by the company that her son’s tissues had been donated for research.

Instead, the boy’s body parts were sold for $5,000.

It is illegal to knowingly sell remains that are diseased.

According to the Daily Mail, the father-son team are expected to plead guilty.

The Greenes came up as investigators were probing notorious Detroit body broker Arthur Rathburn.

Rathburn was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2018.