A court in New Jersey sentenced 61-year-old Levi Itzchak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn, Wednesday, to 30 months in prison for trafficking in organs. He is scheduled to start serving the sentence after Sukkot. He confessed, a few months ago, in three cases of brokering the sale of kidneys from Israelis in financial trouble to people who were willing to pay $120,000 to $150,000. In a fourth case, he confessed to conspiracy to carry out another transaction and agreed to return the $420,000 profit he said he made from the deals.
Rosenbaum was one of about 40 people, including rabbis and community officials arrested about three years ago as a result of information provided by Solomon Dwek who faced fraud charges in an unrelated case.