Japanese Mob Boss Gave $100K to UCLA
Goto rewards hospital after controversial kidney transplant
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 4:01 PM CDT
This June 4, 2007 file photo released by UCLA shows an exterior view of the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Suspected Japanese mob boss Tadmasa Goto donated $100,000 to UCLA just months after getting a liver transplant there, the Los Angeles Times reports. Goto was treated in 2001, a year when 186 people died waiting for livers in the LA area alone. The school has confirmed Goto’s donation, but insists it did not influence the decision to treat him.

Another suspected mob member also got a liver and also made a healthy donation. News of the treatments broke Thursday, sparking a hail of criticism. Senator Charles Grassley vowed to investigate, saying he was “worried about the credibility of the transplant system.” Some fear that donors are less likely to give organs that may go to foreigners or crooks.