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A doctor who stole eggs and embryos from UC Irvine's Center for Reproductive Health, giving them to other women, has been arrested in Mexico City, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Ricardo Asch was the star of a 1990s fertility scandal, when he and a partner, Jose Balmaceda, would use eggs from the center to help infertile women bear children. He fled the country to avoid prosecution and has been listed as a wanted fugitive for years.
At least 15 babies were born through the illegal egg transfers.
American officials have until Jan. 3 to complete the extradition paperwork. If the extradition request is approved, Asch could be returned to U.S. soil sometime next year.
Asch has long maintained his innocence, telling a Mexico City newspaper in 2000 that others were trying to destroy his reputation due to "professional jealousy or envy" and because he is a "supersuccessful foreigner."