The Second Section of the Criminal Chamber of the National Court will judge as of this Monday an individual who would have cheated 349 couples to whom offered services of collection and preservation of samples of the umbilical cord that it would not have carried out afterwards, Well, because he never sent the biological material to the laboratory where he charged to keep it, or because he did not pay the third company the necessary amounts to guarantee the conservation. When he was arrested in March 2012, he carried biological material in the trunk of the car.
This is Raúl Conejero, a citizen of Alcoy who according to the indictment of the Prosecutor's Office, would have been capturing couples interested in collecting samples Blood from the umbilical cord of your newborn baby to store in a specialized bank that could be used in the event that the child or a member of the family suffered a palliable disease with a transplant from those previously cryogenized stem cells.
The defendant had experience in the matter, because he was working precisely as a commercial agent of the company Stem Cell S.A, specialized in preservation of biological samples, between 2009 and 2011 for the Valencian Community, Murcia and some areas of Castilla-La Mancha. In fact, when he was fired, he continued to present himself to potential clients as a representative of that company, "taking advantage of the professional credibility he granted".
Basically, he was in charge of contacting the gynecology services of the hospitals in his area of activity, where he gave informative talks to interested pregnant women. There he contracted the cryopreservation of umbilical cord stem cells and, once the samples were collected, he sent them to a German laboratory (MLB) where the material was stored and medical information and a storage number were sent to the clients.
However, he set up his own business for these efforts, Representaciones Biomédicas Levante SL, created the commercial brands Instituto Celular and Criocell, and began selling the same services on his own to "numerous clients" but using "simulated documentation where nonexistent laboratories appeared" , signatures of simulated doctors and certificates of stem cell analysis that were lying.
He thus pretended, according to the Public Prosecutor's Office, "to maintain a commercial relationship of storage and preservation of the samples with laboratories with which he had not contracted or with laboratories to which he had sent the samples and had not paid the amount agreed for the cryopreservation."
In the latter case, the defendant had collected amounts from the injured parties that he appropriated without committing them to the payment of the contracted services, which ranged between 1,800 and 2,200 euros per sample that the recent parents paid "confident that the samples of umbilical cord blood collected from their children were to be conserved ", in line with the recommendations and advice given to them by their own gynecologists at the hospital.
To "simulate" that the companies he had created had "solvency" in the cryopreservation of stem cells, hired another person who according to the prosecutor, did not know what was the real activity of the accused, and that put up five web pages and domains , all in the name of the different merchants that I had assembled, where clients could find references of their work.
The Prosecutor's Office is asking for nine years in prison for a continuous crime of forgery of official documents and a continued crime of fraud, as well as a total of 24 months of fines of 12 euros a day and civil liability to compensate each of them. the 349 affected couples with amounts ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 euros.