Woman Indicted for Selling Stolen Body Parts for $11K to Man on Facebook
An indictment, unsealed Friday in Little Rock Federal Court, accuses Candace Chapman Scott, 36, of Little Rock, an ex-mortuary worker, of selling 20 boxes of stolen body parts from medical school cadavers to a Pennsylvania man she met through a Facebook group about “oddities” for almost $11k dollars.
Scott pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and interstate transportation of stolen property.
Scott is in Federal holding, with a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
The buyer of the body parts is not identified in the indictment, but state charges in Pennsylvania identify him as Jeremy Lee Pauley.
Scott was previously employed at Arkansas Central Mortuary Services, where she used to transport, cremate, and embalm remains.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock has said that’s where the medical school sent remains of corpses donated for medical students to examine.
The indictment alleges that Scott approached Pauley in October 2021 and began offering to sell him the remains from the medical school that the mortuary was supposed to cremate and return.
According to the indictment, Scott’s first Facebook message to Pauley was,
“Just out of curiosity, would you know anyone in the market for a fully intact, embalmed brain?”
Scott sold Pauley fetuses, brains, hearts, lungs, genitalia, large pieces of skin, and other body parts. At one point, the indictment alleges Scott sold the remains of a fetus at a discount, writing, “he’s not in great shape.”
The indictment alleges Scott collected $10,975 in 16 separate PayPal transfers.
Federal Prosecutors believe Scott should remain in jail, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Jegley telling U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on Friday that Scott could be tempted to flee by the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence.
Jeremy Lee Pauley, 40, who described himself as a collector of what he called “oddities,” including human body parts, said the remains were acquired legally. https://t.co/VhEnBev0J7
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Ray said that Scott’s alleged conduct is “shocking and depraved.” But since Scott isn’t suspected to be dangerous, under federal rules, he’s only supposed to order her jailed if she is a flight risk.
Pauley is charged in Pennsylvania with a misdemeanor count of abuse of a corpse, a felony count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property, and a felony count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
Pauley is free on bail, and court records show his preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 7.
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