For every person trying to save a loved one, there’s one huckster trying to make a buck off that desperation. On Monday morning, the New York Attorney General’s Office announced closure of Nephrologica, Inc., a “company” that charged clients exorbitant fees to procure kidney donations. Owner and CEO Michael Goldstein is required to issue refunds to all of his victims and shut down the business he was running out of a house he shares with his mother in Nassau County.
The A.G.’s Office became involved when a Chicago-area man complained that Goldstein charged him $6,000 to help him find a kidney for his ailing mother and never delivered.
But the craven exploitation of really sick people doesn’t stop there. The agreement reached between the A.G.’s Office and Goldstein contains a laundry list of crooked practices at Nephrologica:
Goldstein is required to pay back the $6,000 to the Chicago complainant, shut down his website, as well as stay out of any business dealings involving people with health conditions for six years. The A.G. also tacked on a $5,000 payment to be made the A.G.’s office itself for the trouble of investigating his bogus business.
See the full complaint in the next page.