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Raleigh body parts supplier faces accusations of fraud

Posted March 3, 2009

— Federal prosecutors say a Raleigh body parts supplier falsified medical histories, identities and blood samples of cadavers he was harvesting to ensure the risky tissue could be sold for human transplant.

Court documents filed against Philip Guyett Jr. accuse him of forging the age and cause of death of bodies he gathered from North Carolina funeral homes.

Tissues can be rejected for a number of reasons to protect the health of transplant recipients, and prosecutors contend he provided fake information to hide instances of disease or drug use.

The "criminal information" paperwork filed in the case is not a formal indictment, but it typically signals a plea deal. Guyett is scheduled to face arraignment on March 9.

His attorney declined to comment Tuesday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shut down Guyett's Donor Referral Services in August 2006, saying the company had "serious deficiencies" in its processing, donor screening and record-keeping.

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  • Timbo Mar 3, 2009

    Parts is parts, but not those parts.

  • ShareTheRoad Mar 3, 2009

    heh, you wouldnt think that if you needed a heart or something, woodrow

  • woodrowboyd2 Mar 3, 2009

    they should never make it legal to sell parts of humens period

  • Cat22 Mar 3, 2009

    There should be procedures in place to keep this kind of thing from occurring. Should be at least 2 independent screeners to validate the authenticity of these body parts. No way should one person be responsible for this kind of activity.