Brownsville man accused in stem cell scheme


The FBI arrested 52-year-old Francisco Morales in Brownsville last week. A magistrate ordered him held without bond and be transferred to Houston for arraignment before a federal judge.

Harlingen television station KGBT reports a 19-page indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges Morales posed as a doctor and researcher to buy umbilical cords and placentas from a Del Rio maternity clinic, shipped them to a lab in Arizona and then forwarded them to a pathologist in South Carolina for harvesting of stem cells.

The 15-count indictment says he sold the stems for medical treatments and uses not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

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