Shawn Parcells fined greater than $700K after being convicted of performing unlawful autopsies

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A Kansas man convicted of performing unlawful autopsies has been completely banned from doing enterprise within the state and ordered to pay greater than $700,000 in restitution and fines, Lawyer Normal Derek Schmidt introduced Wednesday.

Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived in Leawood and Topeka, was convicted in November of three felonies and three misdemeanors associated to offering unlawful autopsies in Wabaunsee County. He additionally pleaded responsible in Could to 1 federal wire fraud cost associated to the autopsies.

The Wabaunsee County crimes occurred in 2014 and 2015. His sentencing is pending.

Shawnee County District Court docket Choose Mary Christopher ordered Parcells to pay $254,762 in restitution to 82 customers associated to the non-public post-mortem companies in Wabaunsee County. He was additionally ordered to pay the county $49,600 in damages; $400,000 for violating state legal guidelines; and $60,000 in investigative and receivership charges.

Schmidt filed a lawsuit in 2019 accusing Parcells, a self-taught pathology assistant with no formal schooling, of contracting with Wabaunsee County to conduct autopsies after which not finishing them in line with state regulation, together with not having a licensed pathologist current.

Shawn Parcells was banned from doing enterprise in Kansas after he was discovered responsible of performing unlawful autopsies.
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Shawn Parcells
Shawn Parcells was fined greater than $700,000 in damages.
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The decide additionally banned Parcells and his firms from doing any enterprise in Kansas associated to the human physique, or performing any companies regulated as a therapeutic artwork, together with any COVID-related companies.

In the course of the investigation, the state took management of greater than 1,700 organic samples collected by Parcells. Schmidt mentioned Wednesday that the state’s receivership will finish quickly and that households might be notified once they have 30 days to hunt launch of the samples.

Earlier than his responsible plea in federal court docket, Parcells confronted 10 counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors allege that at the very least 375 folks paid him greater than $1.1 million between Could 2016 and Could 2019 for a full pathological research and prognosis of a member of the family’s reason for loss of life however the households by no means obtained the total post-mortem reviews.

His sentencing in that case has been scheduled for Sept. 15.


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