Body parts mastermind could reveal more

January 19, 2008 2:14:31 PM PST
The alleged mastermind behind a scheme to plunder bodies and sell their parts for millions plans to plead guilty next week. In an effort to escape lengthy jail sentences stemming from cases in Philadelphia and New York, 44-year-old Michael Mastromarino has agreed to talk to investigators. The former owner of the infamous Biomedical Tissue Services is to speak about the companies that bought the stolen tissue.

That has raised the prospect that Mastromarino could provide damaging testimony against the tissue processors in a move that could roil the billion-dollar industry.