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The University of California, Irvine, fired the director of its Willed Body Program after an audit revealed sloppy record keeping and possible profiting from the sale of body parts donated for research.

The investigation is continuing with officials trying to determine whether careless bookkeeping resulted in cremated remains being returned to the wrong relatives.

UC Irvine Medical School officials announced Friday they had fired Christopher Brown, 27, who had been director since May 1996.

School officials said they became suspicious after finding an expense account item in which Brown charged the university for a trip to Phoenix.

Brown sold six spines to an Arizona research program and received a $5,000 check made out to University Medical Services, an organization that UC Irvine officials say they do not recognize, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

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