A former laboratory assistant has been jailed for one year for swapping urine samples to help WA mine workers get past testing for illegal drugs.
Michelle Leanne Marsden, 41, falsified urine samples for three men as a favour when she was working at PathWest’s Tom Price collection centre.
She pleaded guilty in the District Court to several corruption and drug charges relating to the incident and to possession of heroin, cannabis and a smoking implement.
An investigation by police and the Corruption and Crime Commission also revealed that Marsden accepted $500 and requested drugs from a CCC officer during an ensuing integrity test.
In sentencing today, Judge Andrew Stavrianou said safety was at risk if people operated machinery when they were not in a proper state to do so.
Adam Corey Woodard, 34, was also sentenced to 10 months jail, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to corruption for arranging for Marsden to substitute a urine sample.
Theron Charles Clifford, 41, and Steven William Hibbert, 60, previously pleaded guilty to the same offence and were each fined $5000.