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Former UCLA Willed Body Director Owes Medical School $500,000

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"He needs to get this behind him."

That’s what Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe told the attorney representing former UCLA Willed Body Director Henry Reid, as he pled to keep his client out of state prison for a little while longer.

Defense counsel’s motion and lugubrious plea (due to his client’s medical issues, which should have been dealt with sometime between October 17, 2008 — when Mr. Reid pled guilty — and today) were denied and Mr. Reid turned himself over to the court this morning to begin the first day of almost 1550 days (four years and four months, minus time served) behind bars. Additionally, Mr. Reid owes UCLA (Geffen School of Medicine) $500,000 in restitution.

Also in court today was Mr. Reid’s co-defendant Ernest Nelson (whose attorney filed for a continuance of trial), the body broker. Mr. Nelson owned and operated a company that supplied private medical, pharmaceutical and hospital research companies with human cadavers or individual body parts. Mr. Nelson’s trial date is set for April 20, 2009. He continues to declare his innocence in the Willed Body matter, however, he is also facing several severe tax charges that document his financial indiscretions unfavorably (he chose not to pay his taxes after making all the money he did selling body parts — at high costs — to the myriad of companies purchasing his cache of parts).

As part of Mr. Reid’s plea agreement, he has stated he will cooperate in Mr. Nelson’s case.

The indictment, handed up last year, alleged that Mr. Reid and Mr. Nelson deprived the UCLA Willed Body Program of "its donor bodies for personal financial gain."

According to the court papers, Mr. Reid’s role "was to provide Ernest Nelson with a steady supply of donated human body parts, while Ernest Nelson would receive compensation for supplying the parts to companies and in turn would give Henry Reid money for his personal use instead of paying the UCLA WBP."

The Willed Body Program receives donations from people who have willed their bodies to the school for medical education and research purposes — primarily for use in training medical students and assisting with medical and scientific research.

Kiesel Boucher Larson represents several of the plaintiffs whose family members were treated inappropriately (not according to contracts their decedents signed) and without any respect by Mr. Nelson, Mr. Reid, and the UCLA Willed Body Program.