Woman Faces Multiple Charges for Selling Stolen Body Parts
The Arkansas woman, 36, is said to have sold nearly $11,000 of stolen body parts to a Pennsylvania man she met in a Facebook "oddities" group.
A 36-year-old woman from Arkansas is facing multiple charges in connection with selling stolen body parts to a man she met in a Facebook “oddities” group. The woman, identified as Sarah Scott, is a former mortuary worker who allegedly stole body parts from an Arkansas mortuary and later sold them to the man in question.
The accusations against Scott are not new, as a man in Pennsylvania was arrested last year for dealing in stolen body parts. According to East Pennsboro Township Police, authorities seized buckets containing various human remains from the man’s basement. Scott was mentioned in a related press release as having been the one who stole the body parts in question and later sold them.
The case has been described as one of the most bizarre investigations in the 33-year career of District Attorney Seán M. McCormack. “Just when I think I have seen it all, a case like this comes around,” McCormack said in a statement.
Scott has been arraigned on 12 counts, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and interstate transportation of stolen property. Prosecutors have argued that she is a flight risk and could face an extended period of time behind bars.
In a separate report, the Associated Press added that Scott had pleaded not guilty to the charges against her. The charges are said to stem from body parts stolen from cadavers used by a medical school. Scott’s alleged haul of stolen and sold body parts amounts to nearly $11,000.
The case has raised concerns about the security of human remains and the potential for them to be sold on the black market. Authorities have urged families to ensure that the mortuaries and medical schools they work with have proper security measures in place to prevent theft and fraud.
The investigation into Scott’s alleged activities is ongoing, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward. The case is expected to go to trial in the coming months, and if convicted, Scott could face a lengthy prison sentence.