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State of Michigan officials failed to respond to body parts referral for almost two years
7:20 PM, Jan 31, 2014
(WXYZ) - The 7 Action News Investigators found top officials with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs knew about a questionable body parts business running on Detroit's east side for almost two years and did nothing.
7 Action News Investigator Jim Kiertzner asks the Deputy Director why in the video report on this page.
That state agency opened an investigation into the owner on December 16, 2013 but three days after the FBI raided International Biological and removed what sources say was body parts of more than a thousand different people.
The owner of the business is Arthur Rathburn and he has not been charged with any crime. He holds a Michigan Mortuary Science License that falls under the jurisdiction of LARA, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
In April of 2012, the Director of Enforcement was told eight human heads were found inside the shabby warehouse on Detroit's east side with shoddy, incomplete records. LARA made no referral to any other state agency.
Two weeks ago, the FBI raided Biological Resource Center in Phoenix, Arizona that is linked to the Detroit case. The Arizona Attorney General was on site during that case.