A Rockville woman was indicted Monday on charges that she falsified drug test results in exchange for bribes and later lied to a grand jury about it, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.
Lauren Jeannette Diggs, 50, is charged with conspiracy to seek and accept a bribe, witness tampering, and making false statements to the grand jury.
Federal prosecutors announced the indictment after Diggs’ arrest Tuesday.
“The indictment charges that Lauren Jeannette Diggs took bribes to falsify drug tests of federal criminal defendants, then committed perjury before the grand jury investigating the allegations,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a news release. “Providing false information to courts and grand juries undermines the integrity of the criminal justice system.”
According to the indictment, Diggs worked from July 2009 through December 2010 for ADR, an alcohol and drug treatment company with offices throughout Maryland. U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services hired ADR to provide drug testing for individuals on pretrial release, parole or probation. As a senior counselor, Diggs oversaw urine tests for female clients, the indictment said.
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The indictment alleges that Diggs and others took monetary bribes in exchange for performing or not performing court-ordered drug testing and for providing fake discharge certificates.
According to federal prosecutors, the alleged scheme unraveled after Christopher Womack, 43, of Forestville, who worked at ADR as a urine technician, pleaded guilty to bribery on July 26.
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Diggs continued to work with Womack after she left ADR to provide fake discharge certificates and to ensure that urine samples for certain ADR clients were not accurately tested, the indictment said. Diggs introduced Womack to bribe-paying clients and received proceeds of the bribes from Womack, the indictment said.
In one instance, in January 2012, Womack arranged for Diggs to sell a client a fake discharge certificate for $400, prosecutors said.
The indictment calls for Diggs to forfeit $15,000 that prosecutors believe she received in bribes.
Diggs and Womack were subpoenaed in June to appear before a grand jury investigating the alleged scheme.
According to the indictment, Diggs called Womack on June 11 and on July 5 and attempted to persuade him to provide false testimony.
During the June 11 call, according to the indictment, Diggs told Womack: “They have no f— proof. … You don’t know s—. Deny! Deny! Deny! ... If you don’t remember no other f— word you remember that g—d— word. Deny! ... 'Cause that’s what the f— I’m gonna do.”
Prosecutors say Diggs lied when she told the grand jury on July 2 that she had not spoken to Womack since leaving ADR and that she had no knowledge of the bribery scheme or of an ADR client to whom prosecutors said she provided a fake discharge certificate.
A sentencing hearing for Womack is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. He faces a sentence of 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, though prosecutors will recommend a lesser sentence, according to the plea agreement.
Diggs was scheduled to have her initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and for each of the three counts of making false statements, as well as 20 years in prison for each of two counts of witness tampering, according to the news release.