FMCSA Plans to Revoke Thousands of Fake Med Certs
Drivers may need to check their medical certifications soon if they received their certification within the past two years from Dr. Anthony Lefteris. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it is currently working with state licensing agencies to contact drivers about the possibility of faked certifications.
Lefteris was charged with distributing false information in both documents and records held by the US Department of Transportation. An undercover investigation conducted by the Georgia Department of Public Safety determined that many of the medical examinations given by Mr. Lefteris were incomplete. The large-than-average number of exams he had given was the first indication that something wasn’t right.
Now truck drivers who receive letters about their certification from Mr. Lefteris will have 30 days to be reexamined by a certified professional. The number of drivers believed to be holding one of these certifications is well over 6,000, and they are spread across 48 states. Mr. Leftris was removed from the list of certified examiners and he has also been indicted.
“[The indictment] demonstrates the commitment of the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General to pursuing fraudulent activities by medical professionals in the motor carrier industry who are willing to compromise the safety of the traveling public for personal gain,” said Marlies Gonzalez, regional Special Agent-in-Charge for the USDOT OIG. “Working with our departmental, law enforcement and prosecutorial partners, we will continue to pursue and detect fraudulent schemes and bring to justice those seeking to compromise the integrity of DOT’s safety programs.”