A laboratory that operated in Tulsa will not pay fines over allegations it falsified cannabis test results after the business surrendered its license during an investigation by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.
The OMMA announced in August its desire to revoke the operating license for F.A.S.T. Laboratories of Oklahoma City after a tip led to the discovery that owner-operator Kyle Felling of Arkansas falsified test results dozens of times. The acronym stands for “Felling Analytical Services and Technology.”
But in a surrender form signed Sept. 23, the reason for relinquishing F.A.S.T. Labs’ license was listed as “Disputes among members of closely held management company made continued operations undesirable.” OMMA spokesperson Terri Watkins said the surrender “eliminates any fines they could potentially have faced” over alleged misconduct, but she did not elaborate.
It was not clear how far the OMMA was in its investigation before it received the surrender form.
The Tulsa World was denied an interview with Lee Rhoades, who oversees laboratory compliance for OMMA, due to “pending legal issues” associated with the situation.
Arkansas resident Keri Alvis filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Felling in Faulkner County, Arkansas, in late August, records show. The complaint states Alvis “played a crucial role in exposing Defendants’ illegal activities to law enforcement authorities” including the OMMA. [Read more at Tulsa World]