FBI investigating Lubbock County medical examiner service

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The FBI is investigating San Diego-based National Autopsy Assay Group Pathology Labs, the third-party service that recently chose not to renew its contract to run the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office.

KCBD 11 reported that FBI agents met with three Lubbock County commissioners on Friday to discuss NAAG’s work in the county.

County officials told the TV station that NAAG didn’t meet a Friday deadline to confirm that they have proper insurance, which the county could consider a breach of contract. The current agreement for services is set to end on Sept. 30.

KCBD previously reported that the company drew controversy after taking over the medical examiner duties in October 2018. A former employee filed suit against the company, claiming she had been fired after reporting potential illegal activity in the Lubbock County examiner’s office. She said that included an unlicensed physician performing autopsies and excessive numbers of body parts being sent to the California headquarters for research purposes.

Dr. Evan Matshes, the CEO of NAAG, sent a letter to Judge Curtis Parrish in May saying that “personal and political agendas” were interfering with the company’s ability to perform the work of the examiner’s office. He said the controversy caused by the lawsuit made it hard for his company to hire an additional pathologist to aid in the county’s caseload.

The TV station said that the Texas attorney general’s office and the Texas Rangers are also looking into NAAG’s practices.

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