North Carolina Man Sentenced to 22 Months in Jail for Fraudulent Medical Review Officer Scheme
On August 30, Michael R. Bennett doing business as Workplace Compliance, Inc. (WCI), was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to 22 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and fined $400 in special assessment. WCI was placed on 3 years probation and fined $1,200 in special assessments. Mr. Bennett and WCI were held jointly and severably liable to pay $209,030 in restitution.
Mr. Bennett was using his company, WCI, a drug and alcohol testing consortium, to fraudulently perform final reviews on numerous drug test results from laboratories utilized by motor carriers and air carriers when neither Mr. Bennett nor his company were authorized to do so.
The investigation revealed that between 2005 and 2009 Mr. Bennett obtained lab test results and used computer software to generate fraudulent Medical Review Officer (MRO) reports. These reports claimed that an MRO had verified the lab test results and that the report was in compliance with the Department's regulations of transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs.
This investigation was conducted with significant investigative assistance from the FAA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance.