Father, son charged in Michigan's body parts probe

Henrietta Strickland
April 12, 2019

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

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.

Donald Greene Sr. and Donald Greene II allegedly sold body parts that had tested positive for infectious diseases, including hepatitis, or had not been tested at all, and concealed that information from their customers, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of MI. Those promises were allegedly made by Greene Sr. and his namesake.

The father and son duo was behind the now shuttered Biological Resource Center of IL.

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, parts of him sold for $5,000.

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

Federal attorneys called the men's alleged actions a plot "to defraud customers of the Biological Resource Center of IL", the outlet reported.

It's not illegal to dismember and broker body parts, per se. The names of lawyers representing the Greenes weren't immediately known.

The federal document charging the Greenes alleges the men sold to Detroit Medical Center's sports medicine department at least one specimen that "had previously tested positive for hepatitis".

Greene Sr. has been charged with wire fraud while his son has been charged with intentionally concealing a crime.

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

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