FMCSA bans former lab operator from the drug testing business

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Monday, February 02, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a former operator of a third-party motor carrier drug testing company out of the drug testing business for now. Elizabeth Pope, former owner of Eastgate Laboratory Testing, Inc., was issued a three-year debarment that will be retroactive to Aug. 6, 2014.

FMCSA also issued Pope a notice of proposed exclusion and recommended a 5-year public interest exclusion from conducting business with the Department of Transportation.

In April 2014, Pope was indicted on eight charges of mail fraud and found guilty by a Pennsylvania district court. Court documents claimed that from January 2006 to March 2012 Pope used the signature of a medical review officer who had left the company in 2005.

According to the indictment, InTransit LLC, an administrative support company, claimed that Pope defrauded InTransit’s customers by not having a certified medical review officer despite her claims.

An investigation was prompted after a trucker with 18 years of experience tried to contact the medical review officer after his drug test came back “diluted” three consecutive times. Unable to receive the contact info from Pope, the driver searched for it on the Internet. Once contacted, the doctor reached out to InTransit to inform them of the unauthorized use of his name. After an internal investigation, InTransit turned the case over to the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation.

Last November, Pope was sentenced to four years’ probation and eight months home detention.

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