The manager of the morgue at Harvard Medical School is accused of stealing and selling organs and body parts from donated corpses.
He allowed outsiders to enter the morgue and choose whatever they needed, US media reported, citing prosecutorial statements.
"It is particularly appalling that so many of the victims here voluntarily allowed, after leaving this world, their remains to be used for the training of medical professionals and in the interests of science and treatment," a prosecutor said.
The body of a man who died on a cruise ship has been kept in the refrigerator for weeks.
Cedric Lodge, 55, is accused along with his wife and five other alleged accomplices in a "nationwide network" of buying and selling human remains.
Prosecutors say the crimes were committed from 2018 to 2022, and Cedric Lodge allegedly carried the human remains of the Harvard morgue to his home in Goffstown, New Hampshire including heads, brains, skin and bones. And he and his wife sold them to other defendants.
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The indictment alleges that human skin was also sent.
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