This week, another major body part case was announced. Henry Reid, the former head of the UCLA cadaver program was indicted with Ernest Nelson in a scheme for sell body parts that netted $1 million dollars.
Head of the Empire Anatomical Company, Nelson took the UCLA body parts and sold them to client. It appears that this was a type of piece work agreement where Reid was paid by the part — $5000 to $9000. Both are now charged with conspiracy, grand theft, and grand theft of personal property. Neslon also faces tax charges — though it is not clear why Reid does not. The most obvious explanation is that he declared the income — a curious decision for a black-market body part business.
The case will be heard in Los Angeles.
On the other coast, a New York body parts case (involving funeral home directors) continues to spin out indictments and sentencings, click here.
Of course, this is still better than cutting off a living person’s leg for its “magic,” click here.
It will be interesting is tort actions follow against the school or by the school against Reid.
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