Lawyers: Kidney broker's service was life-saving

October 27, 2011 - 3:30 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawyers for a New York man who pleaded guilty Thursday in the first ever federal conviction for illegal organ trafficking say their client performed life-saving services for severely ill people.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitted in a Trenton federal court to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for brokering an illegal kidney sale.

Attorneys Ronald Kleinberg and Richard Finkel say Rosenbaum never solicited clients but agreed to help desperately ill people by finding them kidney donors.

The lawyers claim the surgeries occurred in prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced transplant experts. They did not name the hospitals.

They say the recipients are leading healthy lives thanks to Rosenbaum.