Sierra Club of Canada has issued a press release congratulating the Hamilton Police Department for its work in obtaining a conviction for fraudulent lab results.
According to the release, after three years of investigation, Fine Analysis Laboratories was convicted last week of providing fraudulent test results to its clients. Hard work by the police paid off as a judge ruled that the Fine Analysis Limited laboratory test results had been routinely deliberately and falsified.
"At issue here is not only a laboratory saving money by never performing the tests that led to a Certificate of Analysis," said Maureen Reilly of the Sierra Club of Canada. "What is also at issue is whether customers, such as waste haulers, hazardous waste generators, companies accused of causing toxic spills, pharmaceutical companies, had paid Fine Analysis to provide them with laboratory test results with specific outcomes."
The police files of the Fine Analysis fraud investigation have been turned over to Ontario’s Ministry of Environment. The ministry will examine the documents to see if there is evidence supporting further charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by clients of the lab.
"Underlying all this is the question of who is supposed to protect the public from incompetent and fraudulent laboratory practices," said Elizabeth May, Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada.
Critics say this case further underscores the need to permit only properly accredited labs to conduct environmental tests and that these labs should be subject to more government inspection and oversight.
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