The teenager, identified only by his surname Wang, comes from Anhui, one of China’s poorest provinces.
Prosecutors in the city of Chenzhou charged the group with intentional injury for organizing the removal of the kidney said the official Xinhua News Agency.
The group includes the surgeon who removed the kidney from the teenager, in return for around ¥220,000 ($34,00), a hospital contractor, and brokers who looked for donors online and leased an operating room to conduct the procedure, Xinhua said.
Out of that sum, Wang, the boy who lost his kidney, received only ¥22,000 (approx. $3,400). The rest of the cash was divided between the group.
He admitted to selling his kidney when his mother asked about the iPhone and iPad and he now suffers from renal deficiency.
Several other suspects involved in the case are still being investigated.