Funeral licenses revoked

January 6, 2009 7:43:26 PM PST
Two New Jersey funeral directors connected to a scheme to harvest body parts from corpses have lost their funeral licenses. State Attorney General Anne Milgram said Tuesday that Robert J. Maitner Jr. and Stephen K. Finley both agreed to the permanent license revocations.

Maitner Jr., who pleaded guilty in New York to attempted enterprise corruption, owned Kiernan Funeral Home and Maitner Cremation Services in Belleville.

Finley owns Berardinelli Forest Hill Memorial Home, Cremation at a Low Cost, and Funeraria Santa Cruz in Newark.

Finley has not been charged, but according to prosecutors and court filings he plans to enter a guilty plea to a charge of theft of human remains.

The scandal emerged in February 2006 when ringleader Michael Mastromarino, who operated Biomedical Tissue Services, and others were accused of cutting up corpses from funeral homes in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania without relatives' consent.

The often-diseased parts were then sold to medical companies for transplants.

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