Thursday, April 01, 2010
Businessman Faces Fraud Charge in Body Parts Case
Journal Staff Report
Albuquerque police have filed charges against the owner of a local nonprofit associated with several dismembered body parts shipped to a Kansans City, Kan., waste disposal plant.
Police said late Wednesday that they were charging Paul Montano, who owns Bio Care Southwest and The Learning Center, with fraud.
The White Collar Unit is investigating the case, police said.
An Albuquerque woman who died of a methadone overdose in November was one of seven people whose remains turned up this month at a medical waste disposal plant in Kansas City, Kan., a New Mexico official said Wednesday.
Jacqueline Marie Snyder, 42, died Nov. 1 and her body was autopsied by the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, said Amy Boule, OMI's director of operations. OMI turned over Snyder's remains to an Albuquerque funeral home Nov. 3, she said.
Boule said she does not know how or why the woman's remains were transported to Kansas City.
Dr. Alan C. Hancock, a coroner in Wyandotte County, Kansas, said Wednesday that he was trying to identify the remains of at least seven people found at the Kansas City plant owned by Stericycle Inc..
The remains include seven heads and other body parts, Hancock said. The body parts were found in 12 plastic tubs with shipping labels saying they came from The Learning Center, a New Mexico firm affiliated with Bio Care Southwest, an Albuquerque-based nonprofit. Montano owns both firms.