UCLA Body Parts Peddler Found Guilty

Businessman carved up donated cadavers to sell parts for profit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2009 4:39 AM CDT
Defendant Ernest Nelson looks behind him while awaiting a verdict in his trial yesterday. Nelson was found guilty on eight counts.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – A businessman who carved up bodies donated to UCLA's medical school and sold them off to research companies has been found guilty of grand theft, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ernest Nelson raked in over $1.5 million from the scheme, which he conspired to carry out with the director of the university's willed-body program, said prosecutors. He now faces up to ten years in prison.

"This was a man for whom money was more important than the safety of doctors and other medical technicians," a prosecutor said. "He was willing to go into a willed-body program and cut up body parts for his own personal financial gain."