Undercover operation results in medical examiner’s arrest
Posted December 22, 2016
In early December, a doctor based on Atlanta, Georgia — designated as a certified medical examiner to perform driver physicals — was arrested and charged with allegedly falsifying medical examinations for individuals seeking commercial driver’s licenses (CDL).
The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (DOT-OIG) began its investigation after Georgia State officials notified DOT-OIG of allegations that the defendant did not comply with DOT’s medical examination protocols for CDL applications and renewals. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific criteria and protocols in place for driver physicals. Medical examiners receive training on these procedures and standards in order to be certified to perform driver physicals.
In September 2016, three undercover agents — posing as drivers in need of medical certification — made multiple contacts with the doctor. In exchange for cash payments, he allegedly gave the undercover agents falsified medical examination documents without performing the required examination. The doctor then made false statements regarding the completion of the medical examinations and entered false documents and information into the DOT driver records system.
This investigation is joint effort between DOT-OIG and Georgia Department of Public Safety, Motor Carrier Compliance Division.
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