Funeral Home Pleads Guilty To Selling Hundreds Of Body Parts!

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This Colorado funeral home operator would give an arm and a leg…your family member’s for some extra cash!

According to the US Department of Justice Megan Hess pleaded guilty mail fraud and aid on Tuesday – very mundane charges given the very extraordinary allegations leveled against her. She has been accused of stealing and selling body parts from the funeral hope she was leading with her mother!

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Prosecutors said that for eight years, until 2018, the now 45-year-old allegedly stole hundreds of bodies or body parts, which she sold to other facilities for medical or academic purposes. She would allegedly give the human remains to third parties without family consent and even ship bodies of people who died from infectious diseases. It’s like a modern day Burke and Hare!

Hess’s alleged plan was easy to execute, prosecutors said, because it worked Sunset Mesa Funeral Foundationwho arranged cremations, funerals and burials — and also ran a funeral service that she called donor services. Federal prosecutors stated:

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“Donor Services’ primary source of income was the collection and marketing of allegedly donated human remains such as heads, torsos, arms, legs, or whole human bodies for sale to clients who used the remains for scientific, medical, or educational purposes.”

Yes…

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Prosecutors claimed that Hess and her mother in certain cases Shirley Cook, pretending to return a deceased person’s ashes to their loved ones, when in fact the cremated remains belonged to someone else. Meanwhile, other families have been billed $1,000 or more for a cremation that never happened.

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While some families agreed to donate bodies or samples for scientific testing, the indictment claimed that “body parts in excess of those approved, if not whole bodies, were sold” instead. The prosecution stated:

“In each of these cases, the families would not have approved the donation if they had been informed of what would actually happen to their loved one’s remains.”

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In a 2018 Reuters In the investigation, former employees also accused Koch of pulling teeth from some of the bodies to extract the gold in crowns or fillings. Megan and her mother were also initially charged Transport of hazardous materials – really doesn’t get into the grotesqueness of crime, does it?

Megan is now facing a 20-year sentence after a plea deal, which is expected to be sentenced in January. Her mother apparently decided to take action against the charges; Shirley Koch has pleaded not guilty. Sunset Mesa has apparently closed.

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For more information, see this local news report (below):

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[Image via CBS Colorado]

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