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Michigan man gets prison in diseased body parts probe

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A Detroit-area man who brokered cadavers and body parts for medical training has been sentenced to nine years in prison for failing to disclose that they had been infected with hepatitis or HIV.

Arthur Rathburn showed no remorse Tuesday during rambling remarks to a federal judge. He blamed any problems on groups that supplied him with bodies donated for medical research. He insists the "bequests were put to great use."

In January, Rathburn was convicted of fraud and shipping hazardous materials. Investigators say he regularly supplied body parts to medical associations for seminars but didn't tell them that the parts were diseased. No one became ill.

Federal prosecutor John Neal described Rathburn and his crimes as "deplorable." The sale of human remains is unusual but mostly legal.

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