By Kevin Kerrigan Pacific News Center
Friday, 20 March 2009 11:39
Guam - Jerome Howard Feldman appeared before District Court Judge Joaquin Manibusan Thursday after being arrested in Manila in February.
He was indicted in February in the State of New York on charges related to an alleged scheme to bilk thousands of dollars out of desperately ill patients seeking organ transplants.
Federal officials accuse Feldman of taking as much as 400-thousand dollars from victims who paid large sums of money and were promised that they would receive organ transplants in the Philippines.
Feldman admitted his identity before Judge Manibusan, and he will soon be transported to Syracuse New York to face the charges.
The investigation began last June when police in Dewitt New York received a complaint from a woman about an organ transplant broker. She said her husband was induced to pay 70-thousand dollars to the broker to receive a liver transplant in the Philippines. But after arriving at the designated hospital in the Philippines, he learned that nobody was expecting him and that the doctor he was told to see would not have performed the transplant. The husband died of liver failure at that Philippines hospital without ever receiving a transplant.
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