A federal grand jury in Sacramento has returned a 25-count indictment, accusing a Redding woman of falsifying commercial drivers' drug test results.
Demetri Dearth, 56, is charged with mail fraud and false statements to a government agency, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to the indictment, Dearth was the owner and operator of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs based in Redding. Dearth purported to assist employers of commercial drivers in complying with federal Department of Transportation regulations requiring pre-employment and random drug test of commercial drivers.
Instead of sending specimens collected from drivers to laboratories and doctors for testing and review, Dearth allegedly created false and fraudulent documents purportedly signed by doctors indicating that the drug tests had come back negative, according to the indictment. Dearth then billed her clients for these tests.
"Department of Transportation regulations requiring that commercial drivers be tested for drugs are in place to keep our roads and highways safe," U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said in a written statement. "We will prosecute those who put public safety at risk by disregarding these regulations for their own personal gain."
The case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation -- Office of inspector General.