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Two arrested in sale of donated body parts

first_imgThe two men could not immediately be reached for comment. Arraignment was not immediately set. Reid could be sentenced to as much as five years and eight months in prison if convicted on all counts, while Nelson faces up to seven years and eight months, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Bodies donated to the university were supposed to be used for medical study and research. Prosecutors said that instead, Reid made $43,000 by selling remains to Nelson, who operated Empire Anatomical Co. Nelson, in turn, made more than $1 million by selling hundreds of body parts to more than 20 private medical, pharmaceutical and hospital research companies. The men allegedly tried to hide the scheme by creating false forms indicating Nelson had authority to receive the body parts. A former UCLA official and an associate were arrested Wednesday on charges that they illegally sold parts of bodies donated for research in a scheme that produced more than $1 million in profits. After years of investigation by campus police, Henry Reid, 57, former director of the Willed Body Program, was arrested at his Anaheim home. Associate Ernest Nelson, 49, was taken into custody in Rancho Cucamonga. Norman Abrams, acting chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement that the school “appreciates the patience exhibited by the families of donors” during the probe. A criminal complaint filed Monday charged that between May 7, 1999, and Feb. 26, 2004, Reid and Nelson conspired to defraud UCLA for personal gain, a prosecution statement said. The scheme began to unravel in 2003, prosecutors said, after a state health investigator became concerned about a sale to a La Jolla company and contacted the university. Reid then asked Nelson to return some body parts and Nelson did so but told UCLA that he was going to sue. That prompted a UCLA audit, prosecutors said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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