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Online Organ Transplant Broker Charged With Wire Fraud
Date:3/19/2009

d of liver failure at a Philippines hospital without receiving a transplant.

Doctors treating the husband told the victim that nobody at the hospital had ever heard of "Dr. Mitch Michaelson" and that the doctor identified by "Dr. Michaelson" would not have performed the transplant surgery, as the victim had been promised. After her husband's death, "Dr. Michaelson" stopped all communication with the victim. Additionally, the widow was required to pay in excess of $20,000 in hospital fees incurred from her husband's hospitalization in the Philippines, which "Dr. Michaelson" had falsely promised to cover with the funds wired at his direction.

Following a joint investigation by members of the DeWitt Police Dept., the Albany Division of the FBI and the New York State Police, several other victims of the same organ transplant scheme were located. In total, approximately $400,000 was wired into the "Gomez" account in the DeWitt bank account by victims of the scheme. The investigation also revealed that "Dr. Mitch Michaelson" and "Alberto Gomez" were aliases of Jerome Howard Feldman, a U.S. citizen living illegally in Manila, Philippines, under the name "Michael Adams."

If convicted of the wire fraud charges from the Northern District of New York, Feldman faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Also pending against Feldman are federal healthcare fraud charges in the Middle District of Florida from 1999, and racketeering, money laundering, and stolen property charges filed by the Florida Attorney General in 2001.

All charges pending against Feldman are merely allegations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew T. Baxter stated: "The DeWitt Police Department, the FBI, and the New York State Police should be recognized for their perseverance in investigating and tracking down the perpetrator of an unconscionabl
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