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US funeral home owner who sold body parts pleads guilty to fraud

A former Colorado funeral home owner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal charge of defrauding relatives of the dead by dissecting the corpses of their family members and selling the body parts without permission, a practice exposed in a 2018 Reuters investigative report https://www. Reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-bodies-funeral. Megan Hess, who operated a funeral home called Sunset Mesa and a human body parts business called Donor Services from the same building, pleaded fraud in a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher in Grand Junction, Colorado. Gallagher has scheduled Hess, who previously pleaded not guilty, to be sentenced in January, with the prosecution seeking 12 to 15 years in prison.

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