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Montrose Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado

Grand Junction – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces Megan Hess, age 45, of Montrose, Colorado pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and aiding and abetting.

According to the plea agreement, beginning in 2010 and continuing into 2018, Hess devised and executed a scheme to steal the bodies or body parts of hundreds of victims, and then sold those remains to victims purchasing the remains for scientific, medical, or educational purposes. 

Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher presided over the change of plea hearing on July 5, 2022. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

This case was investigated by the FBI Denver Division and the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jeremy Chaffin and Tim Neff. 

Due to public interest in this case, a copy of the plea agreement is posted here: 

Case #: 20-cr-00098


Deborah Takahara
Public Affairs Specialist

Updated July 6, 2022