The remains were stole from the Arkansas Central Mortuary Services (Picture: Google)
A former mortuary worker sold 20 boxes of body parts to a man she met on Facebook, a court has heard.
Candace Chapman Scott, from Arkansas, is accused of stealing skulls, bones and teeth from corpses at a medical school and flocking them to a Pennsylvania man for almost £9,000.
The 36-year-old worked at Arkansas Central Mortuary Services, where part of her job was to transport, cremate and embalm remains.
It is alleged that she approached the buyer in October 2021, offering him ‘a fully in tact, embalmed brain’.
The human remains were located in Enola, Arkansas
Her first message on Facebook said: ‘Just out of curiosity, would you know anyone in the market for a fully in tact, embalmed brain?’
Though the buyer is not identified in the federal indictment, separate charges in Pennsylvania name him as Jeremy Lee Pauley, of Enola.
Over the next nine months, Scott sold Pauley fetuses, hearts, genitalia, lungs, skin and brains among other body parts, the charges said.
At one point, she even sold the remains of a fetus at a discount, writing ‘he’s not in great shape’, it was added.
They were being sold on Facebook
Scott, a Little Rock resident, pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property, and interstate transportation of stolen property.
She has been jailed, with a hearing on whether bail will be allowed scheduled for Tuesday.
Prosecutors argue Scott should remain behind bars until a trial, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
Assistant US attorney Amanda Jegley told magistrate judge J. Thomas Ray on Friday the defendant could be motivated to flee by the prospect of a long prison sentence.
Scott worked in a mortuary in Arkansas (Picture: Google)
‘I think the facts … underlying the indictment and in the indictment are uniquely egregious and objectionable and we believe there is going to be some significant public outcry as a result of this,’ she said.
Judge Ray admitted the alleged conduct is ‘shocking and depraved’.
But since Scott is not alleged to be dangerous, under federal rules, he is only supposed to order her jailed if she is a flight risk.
Authorities learned of the 16 PayPal transactions after receiving complaints last year about Pauley.
He is charged in Pennsylvania with a misdemeanor count of abuse of a corpse, a felony count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property and a felony count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
He is free on bail and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 7.
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