An American woman whose business is preparing dead bodies for burial and cremation has admitted to selling dead bodies and giving the grieving family members fake ashes claiming they are their loved ones.
The 45-year-old Megan Hess is accused of scamming her clients by handing them urns filled with fakes ashes along with her mother, Shirley Koch.
An FBI investigation concluded that the two have been scamming unsuspecting people from the year 2020 up to 2018.
Hess had previously denied the charges until this week when she appeared in court again. She is the owner of Sunset Mesa Funeral where she had been forging body-donor consent and proceed to selling heads, arms, spines, legs and other parts.
Hess was getting $1,000 (about K1.2 million) per cremation and even offering to do it for free for families who could not afford the fee while knowing she will still benefit off it.
The mother, Koch is due to appear in court in the coming weeks where she will give her plea.
Hess faces up to 15 years in prison.