A Central Valley, California woman has been accused of tampering with truck drivers’ drug tests.
According to the Central Valley Business Times, Demetri Dearth, 56, owner of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), has been indicted by a federal grand jury for falsifying the results of drivers’ drug tests.
Dearth has been charged with mail fraud and making false statements to a government agency.
ASAP provides pre-employment and random drug screening for drivers, however, instead of sending the samples to labs for testing, Dearth allegedly created fraudulent documents indicating that the drug test results had come back negative.
Dearth would then bill the clients for the lab testing and pocket the money.
“Department of Transportation regulations requiring that commercial drivers be tested for drugs are in place to keep our roads and highways safe,” Attorney Benjamin Wagner said.
Dearth faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine for mail fraud and 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for making false statements to the government.