FMCSA Regulated Drug Tester Debarred For Falsifying Drug and Alcohol Testing Documents

U.S. Department of Transportation

According to a statement from the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the FMCSA has disbarred Elizabeth Pope for three years for her role in falsifying FMCSA-regulated drug and alcohol testing documents.

The three-year period is retroactive to August 6, 2014. In addition, the FMCSA issued Pope a Notice of Proposed Exclusion and recommended a ‘5-Year Public Interest Exclusion’ from conducting business with the Department of Transportation.

The OIG states that in December 2014, Pope was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and ordered to pay $109,000 for her conviction of “falsifying FMCSA-regulated drug and alcohol testing” of CMV operators.

Pope operated Eastgate Laboratory Testing, Inc., a company that conducted pre-employment, random and post-accident drug testing for carriers in the Pittsburg area.

An investigation into the company found 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,” the OIG states.