Orange County man indicted in Brooklyn body-snatching scheme

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An Orange County man has been charged with stealing and selling body parts from more than 1,000 corpses. Lee Crucetta, 33, of Monroe, is one of four men indicted in the body-snatching scheme. The men are accused of carving up bones and tissue at a Brooklyn funeral home and selling them to hospitals for transplants. Investigators say the stolen body parts were replaced with piping including bone, skin ligaments and heart valves. The investigation began when inconsistencies in the bookkeeping were found. Crucetta and the three others are also accused of altering medical records to show healthy tissue when in fact some were riddled with disease. The Food and Drug Administration is now contacting all patients who might have received some of the tainted body parts.

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