Most Common Organ Transplant Kidney
October 28, 2011 by staff
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitted in federal court in Trenton who had negotiated three illegal kidney transplants in Israel people for U.S. customers payments in exchange for 120,000 and or more. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to negotiate an illegal sale of kidneys.
His lawyers said Rosenbaum had carried out a rescue service for the seriously ill who had been languishing on transplant waiting lists official.
“The transplants were successful donors and recipients now carry a full and healthy life,” said Ronald Kleinberg and Richard Finkel in a statement.
Lawyers Rosenbaum said customers had not requested, but had sought recipients and kidney donors that he managed were fully aware of what they were doing. He said the money involved was for costs associated with the procedures, which they say were carried out at prestigious U.S. hospitals by experienced surgeons and transplant experts. The lawyers did not name the hospitals involved, nor are they mentioned in court documents.
Prosecutors said Rosenbaum was fully aware that he was running an illegal operation and cost – the purchase of organs of vulnerable people in Israel and 10,000 and sell them to desperate patients, rich USA.
“The black market in human organs is not only a serious threat to public health, book a treatment that saves lives of those who best you can afford at the expense of those who can not,” said New Jersey USA . Attorney, Paul Fishman. “We will not tolerate such an affront to human dignity.”
Each of the four counts carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment plus a fine of up to 250,000 y. Rosenbaum also agreed to deliver and 420,000 in real or personal property derived from the illegal sale of kidneys.
The Rosenbaum 60 years of age, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community in New York, where neighbors said he was in the construction business.
He was arrested in 2009 in a sweeping federal case that became the largest corruption sting in the history of New Jersey. He was one of the 40 people arrested, including politicians and rabbis in New Jersey and New York. He was not a rabbi himself, but the image of the kidneys to the rabbis the illegal sale of international headlines.
Rosenbaum was arrested after he tried to establish a selling kidney to a man posing as a corrupt businessman, but was actually a government informant Solomon Dwek, a real estate speculator in disgrace in front of the jail for a bank fraud and 50 million dollars.
Dwek Rosenbaum brought an undercover FBI agent posing as his secretary, who said he was looking for a guy a kidney dialysis patient who was on a transplant list at a hospital in Pennsylvania.
“I am what you call a matchmaker,” Rosenbaum said in a secretly recorded conversation. “I bring a man (that) I think is right for your uncle.”
Asked how many bodies had been negotiated, said: “A lot”, the latest two weeks ago.
For someone who was not a surgeon, Rosenbaum seemed in his recorded conversations to have a thorough knowledge of the details of kidney donations, including how to fool the hospitals in the belief that the donor acted solely out of compassion for a friend or loved one.
He was recorded saying the money had to be spread around generously, Israeli doctors, visa preparers and those who cared for the organ donors in this country. “One of the reasons why it is so expensive is because you have to shmear (pay others) all the time,” he was quoted as saying.
“So far, I’ve never had a failure,” he said on the tape. “I’m doing this for a long time.”
In a 2008 meeting with the undercover agent, Rosenbaum said he had a partner who worked for an insurance company in New York who could take blood samples from the receiver, stored in dry ice and shipped to Israel, where he will make test to see if I play with the donor, officials said. Donors brought Israel and undergo surgery to remove the kidney in a U.S. hospital, according to court documents.
Critics and experts on trafficking in organs say many U.S. hospitals not have enough force procedures for searching the source of transplant organs because these operations are profitable.
U.S. transplant centers are mostly free to write their own rules for screening donors. The questions asked vary widely. Some hospitals require long waiting periods, while others do not.
Under U.S. law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplantation. The practice is illegal almost everywhere else in the world.
But demand for kidneys far exceeds supply, with 4540 people dying in the U.S. last year waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys in the world.
Art Caplan, a co-chair a working group of United Nations organ trafficking, said that the kidneys are the most common of all organs of traffic, as they can be harvested from living donors, unlike other organs. Rosenbaum said had pleaded guilty to one of the “most heinous crimes against another human being.”
“Internationally, about a quarter of the kidneys seem to be victims of trafficking,” said Caplan. “But until this case was not a crime recognized as coming to the United States.”
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