The Broward Medical Examiner’s chief toxicologist investigated for evidence tampering

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An investigation that could taint a number of criminal prosecutions involves the chief toxicologist in the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office and allegations of evidence tampering and stealing controlled substances.

This investigation of Gary Kunsman was first reported earlier Thursday afternoon by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed only that Kunsman was under criminal investigation. The allegations were stated in the notification that the Broward State Attorney’s Office must send to all defense attorneys in cases for which Kunsman is a listed witness.

Paula McMahon, Broward State Attorney’s Office spokeswoman, said via email the office doesn’t have a final count on how many cases might be affected yet and “our office is reviewing every case and will follow up accordingly.”

The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office released a statement on Friday: “The county does not comment on active criminal investigations of employees. Dr. Kunsman is on administrative leave pending the investigation. The county has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in this matter.”

According to Kunsman’s LinkedIn page, he has held this position with the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office since 2013 after holding a similar position in Oakland County, Michigan, from 2004 through 2013. His doctorate in philosophy, pharmacology and toxicology comes from LSU and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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