Drug Testing Company and its Owner Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges
On February 18, 2010, Michael R. Bennett and his company, Workplace Compliance, Inc. (WCI), both pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to three counts of wire fraud. Mr. Bennett also pled guilty to one additional count of making false statements.
The charges stem from Mr. Bennett 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 of Transportation's (DOT) 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.