Kidney Dialysis 370.
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Sami Shem-Tov, 69, who worked in the registrar at Hadassah University Medical
Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood, was sentenced by the district
court on Thursday to 36 months in prison for his part in illegally selling
The court also ordered Shem-Tov to pay nearly NIS
500,000 in compensation to several of his victims.
Shem-Tov, who sold the
organs from 2006 to 2010 as part of his own private, illegal system for
arranging kidney transfers, was convicted on 12 counts for the illegal sale of
organs, forgery, fraud, pretending to be a doctor and other crimes.
addition to selling the organs, Shem-Tov tricked, lied to and threatened
uninformed and economically disadvantaged patients in order to get them to
“donate” their organs.
The organ transfers arranged by Shem-Tov took his
“clients” all over the world.
The court said that Shem- Tov’s “economic
benefit was the main motivator” for his actions, rather than “the benefit of the
patients who needed kidney transfers.”
Although some of Shem- Tov’s
“clients” benefited from their organ transfers, some people were threatened into
cooperating with him after they changed their minds and decided not to go
through with an organ transfer.
In one case, a man who had paid
significant amounts of money was even hospitalized for 40 days in Ecuador
without receiving the transplant.
He collapsed and was rushed to
emergency care when he returned to Israel.