Former NY ME receives his sentence for role in fed med card fraud

Unqualified personnel allowed to perform physicals under his name

Posted August 9, 2017

A New York doctor will be serving six months in home confinement for his role in fraudulent DOT physical examinations. He was also sentenced to five years’ probation, a $3,000 fine, a $50,000 criminal forfeiture, and a $100 special court assessment for the falsification. The former medical examiner (ME) had pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2016.

The ME’s facility, located at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, violated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) when unqualified medical assistants and interns were permitted to perform physical exams on commercial drivers. The unqualified personnel forged the doctor’s name on official FMCSA documents — medical examination report forms and medical examiner’s certificates — even though the ME was not present for the examinations.

Those individuals seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to submit a copy of the medical examiner’s certificate to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS-DMV).

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