The first person to be convicted in the United States for profiting from the illegal sale of human organs has been released from prison.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, an Israeli citizen, pleaded guilty to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for customers in New Jersey. In return he received $120,000 (£77,000) in payments.

Rosenbaum was released from the federal correctional facility at Fort Dix in New Jersey and has returned home to New York City, his lawyers told the Associated Press.

The Israeli was arrested in 2009 in part of a major corruption sting in New Jersey and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in 2012.

His crimes were not considered deportable offences, attorney Edward Shulman told