Doctor falsifies thousands of medical examination records to help unfit truck drivers keep their commercial driver’s licensesBy Mason White 5:29 PM December 22, 2016
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By: Chan Yuan
A doctor who wanted to earn extra income, falsified medical records in order to help unfit truck drivers maintain their commercial driver’s licenses, according to police in Georgia.
Atlanta police said that they have arrested 71-year-old Anthony Lefteris, after being accused of entering false information on the records of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that individuals seeking to obtain or renew a state issued commercial driver’s license (CDL) must submit to a medical examination performed by a medical examiner and be medically certified as physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
These medical examinations ensure that drivers do not suffer from a medical condition that would otherwise impact their ability to drive a commercial vehicle safely.
Commercial drivers present the U.S. DOT Medical Certificate to their State Driver’s Licensing Agency to document their physical fitness to obtain a CDL.
Lefteris, a U.S. DOT Medical Examiner, allegedly failed to perform certain procedures during medical examinations that aid in determining a driver’s physical fitness to drive a commercial vehicle, including vision examinations, hearing examinations, and urinalysis.
Despite his failure to perform all required procedures, Lefteris allegedly falsified Medical Examination Forms, documenting test results for procedures he never performed.
As part of the scheme, he also issued U.S. DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificates to drivers even though he did not conduct a complete medical examination.
Lefteris subsequently transmitted his results to the U.S. DOT and certified that he performed the medical examinations in accordance with federal regulations.
The DOT estimates that more than 6,600 drivers will have to retake their exams and obtain new U.S. DOT Medical Certificate.