FMCSA Regulated Drug Tester Debarred for Pennsylvania Fraud Scheme
On January 16, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) debarred Elizabeth Pope for a period of three years retroactive to August 6, 2014. In addition, FMCSA issued to Pope a Notice of Proposed Exclusion and recommended a 5-year Public Interest Exclusion from conducting business with the Department of Transportation.
Previously, in December 2014, Pope was sentenced to eight months house arrest and ordered to pay $109,000 in restitution for her conviction related to the falsification of FMCSA regulated drug and alcohol testing of commercial vehicle operators. Pope operated Eastgate Laboratory Testing, Inc., a company that conducted drug testing for trucking companies in the Pittsburgh area. Eastgate administered drug tests that included pre-employment, random, and post-accident testing. The investigation determined that between 2008 and 2012, Pope illicitly used the computer generated signature of a doctor who had once served as Eastgate's Medical Review Officer on all required FMCSA paperwork. Pope admitted to falsifying the FMCSA regulated drug testing documents to give the impression that all tests received the necessary oversight and review.
We conducted this investigation with assistance from FMCSA.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time and the System for Award Management "Sam.gov" should be consulted to find whether a company is currently excluded.