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Illegal body donation; Stephen Gore sentenced to deferred jail, probation

The owner of an Arizona company that arranges the donation of bodies for medicine and research is facing prison time after pleading guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling the donations.
Stephen Gore, the owner of a Phoenix body-donation facility which the FBI raided last year, pleaded guilty to illegally conducting an enterprise, a felony, according to the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

The owner of an Arizona company that arranges the donation of bodies for medicine and research is facing prison time after pleading guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling the donations.

Stephen Gore was sentenced to 12 months deferred jail time and four years of probation on Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The 48-year-old Gore pleaded guilty in October to a charge of illegally conducting an enterprise after his company, Biological Resource Center of Arizona, was the subject of a two-year investigation.

Gore acknowledged his firm provided vendors with human tissue that was contaminated and used in ways that went against the wishes of the donors.  

The company's body donation facility in Phoenix was raided in January 2014 by authorities wearing hazardous-material gear.

 

 

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