CONCORD - The Attorney Generals Office announced on Wednesday that an Atkinson woman was arrested on Tuesday on three counts of unlicensed practice of naturopathy and two counts of violating the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act.
Shanna M. Pinet, 44, is accused of three class A misdemeanors for violating RSA 328-E:14, I and two class A misdemeanors for violating RSA 358-A:2, V. All counts relate to allegations that Pinet, who holds no professional license in New Hampshire, represented herself and provided client services as a naturopathic doctor under the name "Dr. Fabianna Marie."
Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling.
Pinet is scheduled to be arraigned at Rockingham County Superior Court on Oct. 20.
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 12 months in the House of Corrections and up to a $2,000 fine.
In January The Rochester Voice reported that a Rockingham Superior Court judge ruled that The Fab Family Fund, Inc., Shanna Pinet, and David Pinet violated laws pertaining to charitable organizations, including deceptive fund raising, breach of fiduciary duties, and failure to comply with an administrative subpoena.
In September 2021, the Charitable Trusts Unit filed a civil complaint against The Fab Family Fund, Inc., a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation, Shanna Pinet a/k/a Dr. Fabianna Marie, the chief executive officer of The Fab Family Fund, and David Pinet, treasurer of The Fab Family Fund.
The complaint alleged that the charity and the board members failed to comply with their obligations under New Hampshire law to register with the New Hampshire Attorney General. In addition, the lawsuit alleged that Shanna Pinet and David Pinet engaged in deceptive fund raising, breached their fiduciary duties to the charity, and unlawfully failed to respond to repeated requests for information and administrative subpoenas.
Specifically, the complaint alleged, among other things, that The Fab Family Fund claimed on its Facebook page and website that it was a "501(c)(3) nonprofit," but it did not receive such recognition from the Internal Revenue Service. The complaint also alleged that the organization conducted many fund raisers, including a "zoom chat" with "Dr. Fab, the Naturopathic Doctor," on "Demystifying Breast Cancer," but Shanna Pinet a/k/a "Dr. Fab" was not licensed as a naturopathic doctor in New Hampshire or elsewhere in the United States. There is no evidence that any funds raised actually supported the organization's mission to "educate, facilitate and grant Breast Cancer Thrivers and their families an all-expense paid trip for solace and healing."
On Nov. 10, the court issued a notice of default against the defendants and on Jan. 4 the court granted the Motion for Entry of Final Judgment. The court ordered that The Fab Family Fund be dissolved as a New Hampshire voluntary corporation. In addition, the court ordered that Shanna Pinet and David Pinet be permanently enjoined a) from holding any position of authority with any New Hampshire charitable organization and b) from establishing or working for any nonprofit organization related to breast cancer for a period of ten years. The Court ordered that Shanna Pinet and David Pinet pay $5,794 in restitution, $15,287 to the Attorney General for attorneys' fees and costs, and $40,000 in civil penalties.