The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration early this month suspended a company and its owner from providing drug testing screening services.
It has issued notices of suspension to Demetri Dearth and her company, Advanced Substance Abuse Programs, both of Redding, Calif. The suspensions are based on Dearth's August 22, 2013, indictment in U.S. District Court in Sacramento for allegedly falsifying drug test results required by the FMCSA.
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General found that between March 2009 and February 2010, ASAP collected urine specimens on behalf of 80 trucking companies that employed commercial drivers.
Dearth allegedly did not forward many of the urine specimens to certified laboratories and failed to have a medical review officer review the drug test results for the specimens collected, The inspector general’s office claims she created false and fraudulent custody and control forms and MRO reports indicating that the drug tests had come back negative and had purportedly been reviewed and signed by the MROs. Dearth then allegedly mailed invoices to her clients, billing them for urine specimen testing.