TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Shawn Parcells, the man convicted of performing illegal autopsies, and the three companies he ran to do it, have been banned from doing business in the state of Kansas and ordered to pay more than $700,000 .
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that during the week of August 1, Shawn Parcells and three corporate entities he controlled were permanently barred from doing business and ordered to pay more than $250,000 in restitution after his illegal services the autopsy.
District Judge AG Schmidt Shawnee Co. Mary Christopher ordered Parcells, 42, who has lived in Topeka and Leawood, and his corporate entities – Parcells Forensic Pathology Group LLC; ParCo-Parcells and Company, LLC; and National Autopsy and Tissue Recovery Services, Inc., – to pay $254,762.98 in compensation to 83 clients related to private autopsy services.
Schmidt noted that Parcells and the companies were also ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and a $200,000 penalty for violating the Kansas False Claims Act related to autopsy services ordered by physicians provided in Wabaunsee Co. ordered to pay Wabaunsee Co. $49,600 in damages.
According to Schmidt, Parcells and the corporations were also ordered to pay $60,000 in investigative and receivership fees. He agreed to the terms in the consent decree passed in early August by Christopher.
In total, Parcells has been ordered to pay approximately $704,362.98.
Schmidt said Christopher also prohibited Parcells and entities from doing business in Kansas for services related to the human body, performing services regulated as a healing art — including any services related to COVID — and filing a claim against any political subdivision. He is required to comply with all Kansas statutes governing any profession and is prohibited from using any title or initials involving professions in the healing arts or any other profession for which he has not received education, certification or qualification.
Schmidt noted that the lawsuit was originally filed in 2019 and alleged that Parcells had contracted with Wabaunsee Co. to perform autopsies ordered by the doctor and did not perform them in accordance with state law. He was also charged with performing a private autopsy without the supervision of a licensed pathologist or in violation of consumer protection laws.
During the investigation and litigation, Schmidt said the state gained control of more than 1,700 biological samples collected by Parcells.
In November 2019, Schmidt said Christopher appointed the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as receiver and directed KDHE to take control of the samples.
According to the court order, Schmidt noted that the state cataloged and preserved the samples. With a proper and verified request, the samples were delivered to the family members who requested them.
Schmidt said the relationship will end soon and a notice will be posted on the attorney general’s website and distributed to the media giving family members 30 days to file a request for the release of the samples. After that, he said any remaining samples not requested for release will be processed by court order. Family members can call the AG’s Division of Victim Services at 785-291-3950 for more information.
“It’s important to remember that behind all of these case details are individuals and family members who have been put in unimaginable circumstances because of Parcells’ behavior,” Schmidt said. “Navigating the loss of a loved one can be difficult enough, but the additional damage created by Shawn Parcells has added to that difficulty. Although the settlement of this case does not undo that harm, our hope is that the affected family members can now at least properly grieve.”
In November 2021, Schmidt said a jury convicted Parcells of six criminal counts related to the services he illegally provided to Wabaunsee Co. In that case, he was convicted of three counts of felony theft and three misdemeanor counts of criminal defamation. The jury found that he had illegally received money from the county to perform autopsies on three occasions.
In addition, Schmidt said Parcells had unauthorized searches of the bodies and performed autopsies on three occasions without a pathologist performing the autopsies — all of which violate state law.
According to Schmidt, the crimes took place in 2014 and 2015. His sentence is pending.
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