Archibold, Randal C. "2 Accused of Trading in Cadaver Parts," New York Times, 8 March

 

Archibold, Randal C. "2 Accused of Trading in Cadaver Parts," New York Times, 8 March
2007, p. 20.

LOS ANGELES, March 7 —The former director of the cadaver donor program at the University
of California, Los Angeles, and an associate have been charged with conspiracy and grand theft,
accused of illegally trading body parts that had been donated for medical research, the authorities
said Wednesday.

The criminal charges came three years after the authorities first arrested the men and then freed20
them as the campus police investigated what they called complicated dealings involving
hundreds of body parts. The investigation led U.C.L.A. to suspend its willed body program
temporarily, and shed light on the little-discussed but lucrative world of processing human
remains for medical and scientific research.

Henry Reid, 57, of Anaheim, Calif., who directed the university's program from 1997 to 2004,
and Ernest Nelson, 49, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who operated a business transporting body
parts, were arrested Wednesday.

From May 1999 to February 2004, the two conspired to defraud U.C.L.A. of donor bodies for
personal financial gain, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County
district attorney's office.

Mr. Reid, the complaint said, sold human body parts to Mr. Nelson, for $43,000. Mr. Nelson,
who operated the Empire Anatomical Company, then made more than $1 million by selling the
remains to more than 20 private medical, pharmaceutical and hospital research companies,
according to the complaint.

In addition to conspiracy and grand theft, Mr. Nelson was also charged with tax evasion. The
men sought to hide their scheme with bogus documentation, the complaint said.