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AG Derek Schmidt: Leawood man temporarily banned from conducting autopsies in Kansas

Release Date: Mar 26, 2019

TOPEKA – (March 26, 2019) – A Leawood man has been temporarily banned by court order from conducting autopsies in Kansas while a civil lawsuit alleging violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and Kansas False Claims Act is pending, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Shawn Parcells, 37, of Leawood, and his affiliated companies are temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas. Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis yesterday entered a temporary restraining order in Shawnee County District Court prohibiting Parcells and his affiliated companies from conducting autopsies, forensic pathology and tissue recovery in the State of Kansas until and upon resolution of the case. 

The civil lawsuit filed by the attorney general alleges 14 violations of the Kansas False Claims Act and violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act involving three consumers. The petition alleges Parcells contracted with Wabaunsee County to conduct coroner-ordered autopsies and failed to complete them in accordance with Kansas law. Additionally, the petition alleges he advertised his services to perform private autopsies on his website, accepted payments from consumers but failed to perform the services.

Last week, Parcells also was charged criminally in Wabaunsee County District Court with three felony counts of theft and three misdemeanor counts of criminal desecration. Charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A copy of the civil petition can be found at, a copy of the temporary restraining order can be found at and a copy of the criminal complaint against Parcells can be found at