Atlanta chiropractor avoids prison time for falsifying results of DOT physicals

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dr. Anthony Lefteris, who was a certified medical examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, was sentenced to a community confinement facility, house arrest, probation and community service after pleading guilty to submitting false information and making false statements to the Department of Transportation.

A chiropractor based in Atlanta, Lefteris was accused of falsifying information on medical examination forms and failing to complete or perform required tests in the examination. After an undercover operation, the FMCSA chose to revoke about 6,600 medical certificates that Lefteris had granted.

On Sept. 20 at the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Lefteris received a sentence of six months of community confinement, 180 days of home confinement, three years of probation, and 1,600 hours of community service.

Lefteris operated out of the Petro Stopping Center in Atlanta. An undercover operation in September 2016 revealed that Lefteris failed to conduct urine, vision and hearing tests during examinations, but he still submitted results and granted medical certificates.

A federal complaint was filed against Lefteris on Dec. 1, 2016, and he was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 20, 2016. The FMCSA removed Lefteris from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and then required about 6,600 commercial motor vehicle drivers to get recertified within 30 days. According to the FMCSA, the drivers affected were from 48 states, including Hawaii and Alaska. The DOT said Lefteris was conducting an average of 360 medical exams per month, while the typical medical examiner completes about 14 each month.

Lefteris entered a guilty plea on June 5.

“Dr. Lefteris was entrusted to examine commercial vehicle drivers to make certain that they were physically fit to drive safely,” U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news release. “Instead, he failed to perform the required examinations and falsified the results of his tests, ultimately making our roads less safe for the rest of us.”

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