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Megan Hess, 46, and Shirly Koch, 69, dissected some 560 cadavers between 2010 and 2018, selling parts to medical training companies that were unaware they had been fraudulently acquired. In some cases, entire bodies were sold, prosecutors said. It is legal in the United States to donate organs, but not to sell them.
Hess was sentenced to 20 years in prison and Koch to 15. Hess, who ran Sunset Mesa Funeral Home in the town of Montrose, charged families up to $1,000 (£834) for cremations that never took place, and in some cases offered them free of charge in exchange for donations of body parts. the prosecutors said.
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Megan Hess is 46 years old.
Without consent and using falsified donor forms, she sold body parts, including arms, legs and heads, through Donor Services, her side business at the same facility. Several relatives who had used Hess for cremations later learned that they had received ashes mixed with the remains of other people.
“These two women took advantage of vulnerable victims who turned to them in a time of pain and sadness,” Leonard Carollo, FBI Special Agent in Charge Denver, said in a statement.
“But instead of offering guidance, these greedy women betrayed the trust of hundreds of victims and mutilated their loved ones.” The case was sparked by a Reuters investigation, which led to an FBI raid on the home in 2018.
Emotional statements from the victims dominated Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. “When Megan stole my mom’s heart, she broke mine,” Nancy Overhoff said, according to the Denver Post. Erin Smith said: “We came today to hear the handcuffs click.”
Describing it as “the most emotionally draining case I’ve ever experienced in court,” Judge Christine Arguello ordered the two women sent to prison immediately.