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Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility

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Posted at 7:59 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 20:59:58-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A former FBI agent has provided gruesome details from a 2014 raid of a body donation facility in Phoenix whose owner later pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling donated body parts.

Few details of the search of Biological Resource Center were revealed when FBI employees raided the facility.

But retired FBI Agent Mark Cwynar provided a description in May as part of a lawsuit against Biological Resource Center alleging fraud.

Cwynar says in court records that he saw many male torsos without limbs and body parts throughout the facility that had no identification.

The lawsuit says people who donated their deceased relatives' bodies were deceived when they were assured the bodies would be used for medical research, when some were actually sold to the Department of Defense.