NYC man gets 2 1/2 years for illegal kidney sales

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - July 11, 2012

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum showed no immediate reaction to the sentence Wednesday in Trenton federal court.

The 61-year-old Brooklyn resident pleaded guilty last October to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

Prosecutors allege Rosenbaum made millions by exploiting desperate recipients and paying donors a paltry sum.

Rosenbaum admitted wrongdoing Wednesday but said his motives were altruistic. Several people testified that he'd helped saved their lives.

He was arrested in July 2009 in a sweeping federal case that became the largest corruption sting in New Jersey history.

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