Man Arrested In Organ Transplant Scam

Federal prosecutors say a fugitive American who claimed he was a psychiatrist has been arrested in the Philippines for tricking a Canadian couple into giving him $70,000 for a bogus liver transplant that the husband died waiting for.

Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Baxter said Thursday that 67-year-old Jerome Howard Feldman will return to New York to face federal wire fraud charges.

Feldman has been on the run since 2001, when he was charged with racketeering, money laundering, and stolen property charges in Florida.

Authorities say he used aliases to persuade the married couple to wire him a total of $70,000 for a liver transplant at a Philippines hospital.

Baxter says the husband died there without the procedure in July 2008.


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