N.Y. JEWISH man gets 2.5 years for illegal kidney sales


CBS

A New York City man has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in a case prosecutors say is the first ever federal conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum showed no immediate reaction to the sentence Wednesday in Trenton federal court.

The 61-year-old Brooklyn resident pleaded guilty last October to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

Prosecutors allege Rosenbaum made millions by exploiting desperate recipients and paying donors a paltry sum.

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Rosenbaum admitted wrongdoing Wednesday but said his motives were altruistic. Several people testified that he’d helped saved their lives.

He was arrested in July 2009 in a sweeping federal case that became the largest corruption sting in New Jersey history.

Critics and experts on organ trafficking say many U.S. hospitals do not have vigorous enough procedures for looking into the source of the organs they transplant because such operations are lucrative.

U.S. transplant centers are mostly free to write their own rules for screening donors. The questions they ask vary widely. Some hospitals require long waiting periods; others don’t.

Under U.S. law, it is illegal to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere in the world.

But demand for kidneys outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.

  1. #1 by SazzyLilSmartAzz on July 11, 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Levy Izhak Rosenbaum – Found Guilty of Organ Trafficking

    Jews Arrested over Organ Trafficking Case: US Kids Organs to feed Israel´s Health System
    Flashback – Jul 24, 2009

  2. #2 by Cheryl D. Uzamere on July 11, 2012 - 10:53 pm

    I know this comment will be condemned, but truth is truth.

    If Jews obeyed the religious book the Torah, there would not be this problem. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael only has one set of laws for all people to obey. However, with books like the Babylonian Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, Aggadah and other Jews books of myth and folklore, there is a belief among the Jews that there is two sets of laws: one for the stupid Gentiles and one for them.

    Mr. Rosenbaum’s only regret is that he got caught. The gentiles that he ripped off mean nothing to him.

    I feel sorry for Israel’s neighbors. It must be really horrible to live next to a political tapeworm.

  3. #3 by joe shlomo on July 12, 2012 - 12:10 am

    what can you say, gods chosen people! more like satans!

  4. #4 by ruby22-kate on July 12, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Two and a half years? That is an insult, but at least he had to plead guilty, that is something.

  5. #5 by Dude on July 12, 2012 - 1:01 am

    Where did he get them?!?!???!

  6. #6 by on July 12, 2012 - 1:39 am

    30 months for cheating 3 people out of $300,000 for 3 kidneys.

    46 months for not paying taxes on less than a million fake checkels.

    haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/n-y-rabbi-sentenced-in-n-j-for-money-laundering-scheme-1.449620

    0 seconds for murdering millions of people.

  7. #7 by Ponders70 on July 12, 2012 - 1:55 am

    Take his kidneys!! What does their book
    say, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a
    tooth, etc etc etc”? Take his kidneys.
    Effing smug monster.

  8. #8 by on July 12, 2012 - 4:25 am

    He’ll be out in 10 months.

  9. #9 by maasanova on July 12, 2012 - 2:16 pm

    Where did he get the organs, who bought the organs and which doctors perfomed the surgeries to remove the organs?

    If this guy got convicted, should other parties involved have been convicted as well?

  10. #10 by ruby22-kate on July 12, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    @Ponders, not only take his kidneys but some of his family members will have to donate too, he did way more than three sales. Like you said their orah’ says an eye for an eye and though I am against collective punishment, since the Israeli Jews use it then it is appropriate to retaliate in kind.

    The kidney recipients should have to give the kidneys back, a lot of donors are desperate for money so they donate their kidney and then they get ripped off. They’re out of a kidney and don’t even get the promised pittance.

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