Kidneys for sale: First-ever US conviction for organ trafficking 

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WHAT: Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to selling black-market kidneys at a huge markup and became the first person in the first person in the US ever convicted of organ trafficking. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

HOW: Rosenbaum paid Israelis as little as $10,000 per kidney and charged desperate Americans $120,000 and up for the organs. He flew donors to U.S. hospitals for the operations, faking family relationships between donors and recipients to fool doctors.

WHY HE GOT CAUGHT: Rosenbaum was stung by an FBI informer posing as a businessman seeking a new kidney for a sick uncle. He boasted on tape that he was an altruistic middleman who helped save lives and had never brokered a failed transplant.

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