HR Strange But True!
January 29, 2009

The Whizzinator, a male prosthetic urinating device, first made an appearance in HR Strange but True! way back in 2005, when Congress began looking into the company that sold the product (see Beware the Whizzinator).

Now, we have an update. Two co-owners of the company recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States government in connection with its duty to test employees for drugs.

Federal prosecutors accused the men of selling the Whizzinator and Number 1, a urinating device made for both men and women, to customers for the purpose of cheating drug tests for employment with the federal government.

Prosecutors say that in addition to the The Whizzinator and Number 1, the company sold synthetic urine to be used in these products (to be passed off as a customer's real urine during a drug test).

Federal prosecutors allege that by selling the products, the men and the company they owned, Puck Technology, violated federal law. Prosecutors say the products constituted drug paraphernalia.

"Through this guilty plea, Puck Technology and its owners acknowledged that masking products constitute drug paraphernalia and therefore are illegal to distribute under federal law,” says United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan. “They further acknowledged that their products were used to impair and impede the lawful governmental functions of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in overseeing and establishing federal workplace drug testing programs."

SAMHSA establishes scientific and technical guidelines for federal workplace drug testing programs, and standards for certification of laboratories engaged in urine drug testing for federal agencies and federally regulated industries, under the Federal Agency Drug-Free Work Place Program. These tests include tests of federal employees in designated positions that cover national security and public safety positions.

Federal Judge David Cercone scheduled sentencing for the two men on February 20, 2009.  The law provides for a maximum total sentence 8 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 for each defendant.  The law provides a maximum total sentence of ten years' probation and a fine of $1,000,000 for the company. 

Source: Justice Department

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