Report: NY orthodox Jew guilty of selling Israelis' kidneys

October 28, 2011 09:41

A New York orthodox Jewish man became the first person sent to US prison for the black market sale of human organs when he plead guilty to the charge in a New Jersey federal court this week.

Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum, who was caught in an FBI sting operation, admitted to brokering three previous deals, in which Israelis were paid to give their kidneys to wealthy Americans in need of a transplant, the Newark-based Star-Ledger reported Thursday.

The case was the first time anyone in the US was convicted of brokering human organ transplants for profit, the newspaper reported.

Federal investigators first learned of the scheme during a wide-spread investigation into money laundering through Jewish charities and organizations that has thus far seen dozens of indictments.

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