Pennsylvania woman arrested for falsely conducting FMCSA-regulated medical exams
Posted October 27, 2016
On October 13, 2016, the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG) agents arrested a Pennsylvania woman for her role in a scheme that violated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulated alcohol- and drug-testing program and regulations for DOT physicals. In September 2016, a Federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, returned a 65-count indictment charging the defendant with wire fraud, false statements, and aggravated identity theft.
The indictment alleged that the defendant performed FMCSA-regulated medical exams for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, for payment, although the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had suspended her chiropractic license in 2013. The defendant completed medical examiner’s certificates that falsely indicated she was qualified to conduct the exams. She allegedly falsified other medical examiner’s certificates by using the name, license number, and forged signature of an unsuspecting licensed doctor to indicate that the physician had completed those exams. She faxed the records to the State Department of Motor Vehicles and provided copies to CDL holders. The investigation determined that the doctor had never conducted a DOT physical and did not authorize the defendant to use her name or qualifications.
The indictment further alleged that the defendant contracted with a trucking firm to handle its DOT drug- and alcohol-testing requirements, for payment. She collected urine samples and fraudulently listed her name as medical review officer on the custody of control forms, then mailed the forms to a DOT-certified drug-testing laboratory. The trucking company relied on those false documents to prove compliance with FMCSA regulations.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Cumberland County District Attorney and Sherriff’s Office, with substantial assistance from FMCSA and the Pennsylvania DOT.
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