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Kansas man that allegedly performed illegal autopsies was offering COVID-19 tests, AG says

He's been barred from conducting business related to human body
Kansas man that allegedly performed illegal autopsies was offering COVID-19 tests, AG says
Posted at 9:16 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 09:16:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Leawood, Kansas man has been barred from conducting any business associated with the human body in Kansas for "more than a year" after failing to follow state requirements for autopsies and offering in-home COVID-19 testing.

Shawn Parcells, 37, faces 14 alleged violations of the Kansas False Claims Act and Kansas Consumer Protection Act and three civil lawsuits, the office for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday.

Parcells performed autopsies through a contract with Wabaunsee County without a licensed pathologist present and in violation of Kansas law, according to a court filing.

He also was found in contempt of court for the third time during proceedings for violating an existing restraining order.

A court order Tuesday expanded a temporary restraining order against Parcells and his affiliated companies to include any services or solicitations related to COVID-19. The order came after the AG office learned Parcells formed new businesses — building websites and promoting them on social media — "that offered consulting services for coronavirus and COVID-19."

"Parcells was offering to enter homes and businesses, perform swabs for purported coronavirus testing and examine deceased persons to determine if they were positive for COVID-19," Schmidt's office said in a release. "Parcells was quoted in media reports stating he had been contacted by two families in New York for COVID-19 testing on deceased family (members)."

Parcells also faces pending criminal charges filed by Schmidt's office in Wabaunsee County District Court.

Parcells may no longer perform "autopsies, forensic pathology and tissue recovery" in Kansas during the restraining order.

He also cannot offer "any services in connection with the human body" — a list of services that includes but is not limited to "healing arts, epidemiology, infectious disease, coronavirus, COVID-19 and any treatment, protocol, diagnosis, medication, opinion or other recommendation."

Additionally, he is prohibited from leaving the state or the Kansas City metro area without court approval and cannot advertise, accept payment or contract for, or perform any business or business transaction related to those fields.

This story was originally published by KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri.