NEW YORK – The owner of a New Jersey biomedical company and three other men have been indicted for alleging plotting to carve up cadavers from New York funeral homes and selling the bone and skin for transplants, authorities said Thursday.
The case was "like something out of a cheap horror movie," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in announcing the indictment.
The indictment accuses Michael Mastromarino, owner of Biomedical Tissue Services of Fort Lee, N.J., Joseph Micelli, Lee Crucetta and Christopher Aldorasi of conspiring to steal tissue from corpses of people who never gave permission to be donors, Hynes said.
It is the latest chapter in a widening scandal involving scores of funeral homes and hundreds of looted bodies, including that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke, who died in March 2004.
The body parts have been tracked to several states where they were used in transplants.
The 122-count indictment alleges the defendants forged death certificates and organ donor consent forms to create the appearance the tissue was legally harvested. The defendants were charged with enterprise corruption, body stealing and opening graves, unlawful dissection, forgery and other counts.