A Grosse Pointe Park couple is accused of renting out human heads that were infected with HIV and other diseases to clients who used the body parts for medical research and training.
Arthur Rathburn, 62 and Elizabeth Rathburn, 55, ran International Biological, Inc., which procured donated human bodies, dismembered them, and provided parts to medical and dental professionals for a rental fee, according to federal prosecutors.
The husband and wife at times got body parts at a discounted cost, when they came from people who died of infectious diseases, investigators allege.
And they're accused of renting out those parts without notifying clients of the infections, according to an indictment unsealed in Detroit federal court Friday.
Both are charged with nine counts of wire fraud. Arthur Rathburn is also charged with transportation of hazardous materials and making false statements to the U.S. government.
In one instance, eight human heads, one of which came from a person who died of bacterial sepsis and aspiration pneumonia, were wrapped in trash bags and piled into a camping cooler for delivery via Delta Cargo in February 2012.
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