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Chicago Area Business Executive Convicted and Sentenced in Scheme To Sell Contaminated Body Parts

On October 13, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan convicted and sentenced Donald A. Greene II to 30 days of incarceration, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Greene, an executive of Biological Resource Center of Illinois (BRCIL), pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony. According to an April 2019 information, between 2008 and 2014, the BRCIL owner engaged in a scheme to defraud medical professionals. Specifically, the owner sold 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. Greene knew that the scheme would result in BRCIL customers being deceived, enabling BRCIL to profit from human remains that otherwise would have no value.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, with substantial assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.