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Liver Transplant Scam Exposed

Posted Apr 27 2009 11:42pm

It is unfortunate but there are some people who seek to take advantage of the misfortune of others.   While I find it hard to believe that anyone would take advantage of people seeking organ transplants, it happens and via this blog I will endeavor to expose as many of these people as I can.

 

Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.   Before you make any decisions about potential transplant possibilities in other countries check with your local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) www.unos.org, or your state’s Attorney General’s office.  

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On March 19, 2009 Sue Weibezahl Porter of the Syracuse NY Post-standard wrote the following story under the headline:  (http://blog.syracuse.com/healthfitness/2009/03/international_organ_transplant.h )

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Organ transplant scam preyed on dying people, ends with capture of Syracuse man

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Federal prosecutors announced this afternoon that Jerome Feldman, 67, was captured in the Philippines and will be extradited to Syracuse on charges he scammed dying people by setting up phony organ transplant surgeries. Feldman had them wire money — more than $400,000 — to the Chase Bank in DeWitt and also had postal boxes in Fayetteville and DeWitt for more checks, authorities said.

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It’s not the first time he’d been in trouble. His New York State medical license was revoked.  Feldman, who has family ties in Central New York, allegedly trolled Web sites looking for people who needed transplants. Using phony names, he would promise to set up the surgeries if the people would wire money in advance. FBI investigators have identified at least five victims, most of whom died after arriving in the Philippines and discovering the doctor who was supposed to perform the life-saving surgery did not exist.Feldman faces up to 20 years in federal prison and fines totaling more than $250,000.

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Authorities are also trying to freeze, then seize, his assets.

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If and as we find more of these frauds who prey on people’s worst fears and infirmities we will expose them.   In the meantime if you are aware of a person or organization that appears to be a scam let us know and we’ll do what we can to get to the truth.

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Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me atbob@baronson.org.  And – please spread the word about the need for more organ donors.  There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance.  If you convince one person to be a donor you may have saved or affected over 50 lives.

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Also, please read and comment on my World Wide Issues blogs onhttp://blogsbybob.wordpress.com.   I ask, too, that you visit and join my Facebook site, Organ Transplant Patients, Families and Friends at http://tinyurl.com/225cfh  OR — my Facebook home page  http://www.facebook.com/home.php   

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