Feds: Shawna Gunter, who posed as a physician's assistant and treated about 200 patients, indicted

A Severna Park woman accused of posing as a physician's assistant was indicted by the feds Friday.  ABC2 Investigators were the first to tell you about Shawna Gunter last summer when she was first accused of acting as a physician's assistant without a license in Queen Anne's County.

The recently unsealed indictment claims Gunter, 36, used stolen identities to assume the role of a physician's assistant at a clinic with offices in Centreville and Chestertown .  The U.S. Attorney's office says Gunter treated about 200 patients, many of them infants.  In many of those instances, Gunter is accused of writing prescriptions she wasn't authorized or trained to write.  

The feds say Gunter forged a Howard University physician's assistant diploma to get the position in the clinic. They also claim she forged a DEA controlled substance registration certificate and other paperwork using the name of a legitimate practitioner based in Salisbury.  

Gunter is charged with four counts, including aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and health care fraud.

The indictment says Gunter began working as a physician's assistant in early July 2013 and began seeing patients alone in August. Records show she saw children for sick visits, newborn visits, ADHD follow-ups and routine physicals.  

There are also disturbing claims in the indictment relating to Gunter's own child.  The feds say Gunter used the signature of another physician she previously worked for to forge prescriptions for her child.  The physician whose name was used told authorities she'd never treated Gunter's child.  But records show he was prescribed drugs that are most commonly used to treat epilepsy, seizure disorders and depression.  The child's father told investigators he does not have those conditions and had to be weaned off the medications after the discovery.  

Gunter is in custody pending a detention hearing Monday.  She faces as a 20-year sentence for the fraud charges as well as additional time for identity theft.

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