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Alleged Organ Broker Investigated

November 7, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Federal agents searched the home of a man who allegedly advertised on the Internet and elsewhere that he would pay money in exchange for human organs.

FBI agents refused to say what was found Friday in the search of James Cohan’s home. Cohan was arrested Oct. 5 in Rome, Italy, for allegedly trying to broker a kidney transplant.

Cohan is accused of collecting money and managing procurement of human organs, acting as a broker for patients and agencies in overseas hospitals.

An FBI affidavit says Cohan had offered organs to the Regional Organ Procurement Agency of Southern California.

He allegedly charged $125,000 for a kidney and $225,000 for a heart, lung or liver, the affidavit said.

Overseas transplants required an upfront fee of $10,000, the affidavit said.

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