Above: Levy Izhak Rosenbaum
Haredi Organ Trafficker Released From Prison, Will Not Be Deported
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, the first person in the US to ever be convicted of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs, has been released from prison, NJ.com reported today.
Rosenbaum – who was arrested during the Solomon Dwek “New Jersey Sting” that saw Syrian rabbis from Brooklyn and Deal, New Jersey be arrested and convicted of money laundering and New Jersey politicians busted and convicted on bribery and corruption charges – is out of federal prison and back home in Brooklyn, his lawyer, Edward Shulman,reportedly said.
Shulman also told NJ.com that federal immigration officials have decided not to deport Rosenbaum, who holds Israeli citizenship but was in the US legally – although it is unclear why this is so.
In 2012, three years after the wave of Jersey Sting arrests, Rosenbaum was finally sentenced to 2½ years in prison. He pleaded guilty to selling illegally selling human kidneys at very high prices organs for New Jersey-based customers who desperately needed transplants. He was paid $120,000 or more per kidney. Kidney donors were paid only about $10,000 each.
Update 3:20 pm CST – Here's a more detailed report.