"The price was steep. As much as $160,000 to secure a donor willing to give up a human kidney for transplant.
"And Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum ... bragged on surveillance recordings that he had participated in many such black market deals.
"Today, the 60-year-old Israeli pleaded guilty in federal court to helping an FBI informant procure a kidney as part of an elaborate federal sting. At the same time, he admitted arranging transplants for three other New Jersey patients with failing kidneys — all of whom underwent surgery in out-of-state hospitals after paying Rosenbaum. None of the patients or hospitals was named, nor were they charged.
"It marked the first time in this country anyone has ever been convicted for brokering illegal kidney transplants for profit."
See my earlier post on this case:
Monday, July 27, 2009
New York man pleads guilty to selling Israeli human organs