Police Say Drug Screening Company Scammed More Than 30 Trucking Companies
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Police are accusing a Winnipeg company of falsifying hundreds of truck driver drug and alcohol test results for more than 30 trucking companies. In what could only be described as an elaborate scheme, police say Precision Health Ltd. not only did not perform tests they were hired to facilitate, but they fabricated the results.
Precision Health Ltd. was hired by Manitoba trucking companies to collect urine samples from Canada-domiciled drivers traveling to the U.S. and then have those samples tested in a laboratory. According to search warrant documents filed in the Provincial Court of Manitoba, Winnipeg police allege that for nearly a year and a half the tests were never done, yet Precision continued to issue reports as if they had been.
Police executed a search warrant on Precision Health’s office September 6th. Police uncovered Precision Health’s business model. According to police Precision collected urine samples from Manitoba truck drivers and would then send them to Quest Diagnostics, a testing lab in the U.S. The lab results were then sent to Acculab in Barrie, Ontario. Once there, a Canadian doctor, known as a medical review officer (MRO), would analyze and review the results and then issue a report. Precision would send that report to the trucking company and charge $80 for facilitating the tests and delivering the reports.
However, this all changed in May 2017 when Quest Diagnostics suspended Precision’s account for lack of payment. Police then allege that Precision not only did not notify its customers of the change, but continued operating as if nothing had changed at all. “The investigation has revealed that Precision issued fabricated MRO reports to at least thirty-two trucking companies for ninety-one samples that were collected and never tested,” the search warrant documents said.
Police anticipate the number of forged MRO reports issued to the trucking companies during the alleged scheme could exceed 300. The company also performed testing for the city of Winnipeg including its transit drivers. The city has acknowledged it has used Precision Health for approximately 10 years and has paid the company more than $3,000 since 2017.
Not surprisingly, this is not the first time Precision Health and its owner has been in trouble with the law. In 2013, the Manitoba government sued Precision and its owner, Colleen Robinson, alleging they misrepresented numerous electronic billing claims. In a statement of claim, the province said Manitoba Health paid the company $21,107.25 for physician services but later learned patients were not actually seen by doctors. Instead registered nurses employed by Precision saw the patients, which is not covered by Manitoba Health. A spokesperson for Manitoba Health said the suit was settled out of court and would not elaborate further.
Going back further, in December 2011 Robinson pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 in a case involving CN Rail. She admitted to conducting employment medical exams for CN between 2008 and 2010 and signing off with a doctor’s name when a nurse had performed the exam and done the report. Robinson was ordered to pay CN more than $14,000 in restitution, and lost her licensed practical nursing certification.
As for the truck drivers whose samples were allegedly not tested, each trucking company will need to re-test these drivers which will cost these companies into the thousands of dollars.
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