FILE - Shawn Parcells speaks during a news conference on Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri, over a week after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for wire fraud after he admitted to running an illegal autopsy scheme.Shawn Parcells, 42, who lived in Topeka, was sentenced on Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud, the U.S.
Attorney’s office said in a statement. Between 2016 and 2019, Parcells made more than $1.1 million in Kansas from more than 350 clients of his business for autopsies, most of which he did not perform, according to court records.As the owner of National Autopsy Services, LCC, Parcells convinced a client in 2016 to pay $5,000 for an autopsy, according to the DOJ.
The client received an emailed autopsy report that appeared to be authored by Parcells. But no pathologist was involved in the examination or report, which is illegal.Parcells pleaded guilty in May.