Israeli kidney broker released from US prison
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Israeli kidney broker released from US prison

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum finishes 2.5 year stint in New Jersey facility after getting caught in 2009 FBI sting

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, an Israeli citizen found guilty of illegally selling kidneys. (screen capture: YouTube)
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, an Israeli citizen found guilty of illegally selling kidneys. (screen capture: YouTube)

TRENTON, New Jersey — The first person convicted in federal court of profiting from the illegal sale of human organs is out of prison.

His lawyer says Levy Izhak Rosenbaum was released from the federal correctional facility in New Jersey and is back home in Brooklyn, New York.

Attorney Edward Shulman, speaking with NJ.com, told federal immigration officials decided the 63-year-old’s crimes were not deportable offenses.

The Israeli citizen, who had been living in the US legally, was sentenced in 2012 to two-and-a-half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

Rosenbaum was arrested in 2009 in a sweeping federal case that became the largest corruption sting in New Jersey history.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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