October 7, 2021

Mo. state auditor sues accountancy board

Regulatory Roundup

Mo. State Auditor Sues Accountancy Board

Missouri’s state auditor is suing the state’s licensing board for investigating her at the request of Sen. Josh Hawley. Auditor Nicole Galloway’s office conducted an audit that concluded Hawley may have used public resources during his time as Missouri Attorney general to campaign for the U.S. Senate, according to the Kansas City Star.  Galloway’s suit accuses the State Board of Accountancy of threatening to impose professional discipline upon her and her staff for failing to protect the confidentiality of Hawley’s former office as a “client.” Galloway maintains that client confidentiality laws do not apply to government agencies reviewed by the state auditor.

Mich. Crematorium Owner Faces 10-Year Prison Sentence

A Detroit-area crematorium owner faces 10 yeas and prison and a fine of $50,000 for the improper storage of bodies. According to the Associated Press, O’Neil Swanson owns Tri-County Cremation Services, which was investigated after reports of heavy smoke coming from the chimney, bodies stored improperly while waiting cremation and bodily fluids leaking onto the floor. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs had already revoked Swanson’s mortuary science and mortuary science establishment licenses. 

N.Y. Doctor Loses License for Cult Branding

A New York doctor who belonged to the NXIVM cult has lost her license for branding the initials of the cult’s leader onto 17 fellow cult members. In a unanimous decision, the New York Department of Health revoked the license of Danielle Roberts, a onetime hospitalist at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany who used a cauterizing pen to burn the initials of Keith Raniere onto more than a dozen women. According to the Albany Times-Union, Roberts is the second doctor connected with the cult to lose a license. Roberts’ lawyer argued that she was actually acting as a “branding technician,” not a doctor, when she engaged in cult cautery.

Ore. Shooting Suspect Lost Weapons License in January

An Oregon man accused of shooting homes and businesses with a high-powered rifle Oct. 4 lost his concealed handgun license in January because authorities considered himself a danger to himself or others. According to KGW, Brian Scott Mills, of Mollala, opened fire on first-responders as they answered a medical call. One man was injured by shrapnel. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office had revoked Mills’ concealed handgun license months earlier following a suicide attempt.  

Conn. Doctor Who Mailed Vaccine Exemption Cards Loses License

A Connecticut doctor accused of signing fake COVID exemption forms for patients surrendered her medical license Oct. 1, according to the Connecticut Department of Health, Sue Mcintosh was charged with providing fraudulent medical exemption forms through the mail. Mcintosh provided forms related to COVID vaccines, general vaccines, COVID testing and requirements to wear masks.


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