Sentencing Continues Tuesday For Man Convicted Of Selling Infected Body Parts

Arthur Rathburn sold body parts infected with HIV, Hepatits B and C

May 21, 2018 - 7:25 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A sentencing hearing for a man convicted of selling infected body parts for medical research is set to resume Tuesday morning.

Arthur Rathburn, owner of International Biological Inc., was convicted in January of selling and even renting body parts that were infected with HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The business, located on Detroit's east side, was raided by the FBI and other authorities in December 2013

The sentencing hearing began Monday at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit, with family members of Rathburn's victims testifying.

Many family members spoke of their anger and horror of not knowing if those remains were handled properly or even if the remains returned to them were those of their loved ones. An FBI Special Agent testified Monday that Rathburn switched tags on cremated body parts.

Authorities say both Rathburn and his wife were aware that some of the bodies they were using were infected by the diseases and they intentionally did not inform their customers.

Prosecutors are seeking a 14-year prison sentence for Rathburn, of Grosse Pointe Park. Rathburn will be given the opportunity to testify on Tuesday.

The sentencing hearing is set to resume at 8:30 a.m. in front of U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman.