Trial begins against body donation facility accused of fraud

PHOENIX (AP) — A civil trial began Monday over the mishandling of human remains at a now-closed body donation facility in Phoenix.

A lawsuit accuses the Biological Resource Center of deceiving families about how their relatives’ remains would be used.

It says the facility claimed the bodies would be used for medical research, when in some cases it knew the remains would be used in destructive military testing.

It also says families received boxes purporting to contain the cremated remains of relatives but later discovered the bodies were still at the facility or sold to third parties.

Retired FBI Agent Mark Cwynar testified about horrific conditions at the facility during a 2014 raid.

Owner Stephen Gore pleaded guilty to a felony for his role in mishandling the remains.

Gore denied the lawsuit’s allegations.

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