Mother and Daughter Who Ran Colorado Funeral Home Accused of Illegally Selling Body Parts

A mother and daughter who ran a funeral home in Colorado were indicted for using the business to sell human remains without the consent of families, authorities said.

Megan Hess, 43, and Shirley Koch, 66, were arrested and charged with six counts each of mail fraud and three counts each of illegal transportation of hazardous materials. . .

A federal indictment unsealed on Tuesday states that the donor service business would harvest human remains and sell them to customers who used them for scientific, medical or educational purposes. Prosecutors allege that the mother and daughter did not always have permission from families to donate the remains. . .

The duo ran the scheme from 2010 to 2018 and charged at least $1,000 for cremation services. The indictment alleges that they made so much money from the donor services business that they were able to offer lower-priced cremation services than other funeral homes in the area.

“As a result, Hess was able to ensure a constant supply of bodies for her and Koch’s body broker services business,” the indictment states. (Read more from “Mother and Daughter Who Ran Colorado Funeral Home Accused of Illegally Selling Body Parts” HERE)

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