Chicago Area Business Owner Convicted and Sentenced in Scheme To Sell Contaminated Body Parts
On September 21, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan convicted and sentenced Donald A. Greene, Sr., to 24 months of incarceration, 36 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Greene, the co owner of Biological Resource Center of Illinois (BRCIL), pleaded guilty to wire fraud and also agreed to an administrative forfeiture of $200,000 to the FBI. An April 2019 information charged that, between 2008 and 2014, the BRCIL owner engaged in a scheme to defraud medical professionals. Specifically, Greene was charged with selling donated human remains for medical training and research and falsely representing that the remains had been tested and were free of infectious diseases. However, some of the remains had tested positive for diseases such as hepatitis, and others could not be properly tested at all.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI. PHMSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided substantial assistance.