Truck drivers to receive restitution in medical exam fraud case

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line associate editor | 9/7/2018

A Pennsylvania woman was ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in restitution to 20 victims, including 18 truck drivers, after pleading guilty to falsifying FMCSA-regulated medical examiner certificates.

Joann Wingate, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was ordered by a federal district court on Aug. 23 in Harrisburg, Pa., to pay a total of $3,913.85 in restitution. Wingate was previously sentenced to two years of probation, which included six months of electronic-monitoring home detention and a $300 assessment fee.

She was accused of impersonating a doctor to provide DOT physicals in 2014. According to the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the investigation disclosed that Wingate falsified medical examiner certificates and drug-testing chain-of-custody forms and that she forged documents using the identity of an unsuspecting licensed physician after her chiropractic license was suspended in 2013. Wingate pleaded guilty to wire fraud and false statement charges in November 2017.

“The victims identified in this care are truck drivers who obtained their medical examiner’s certificate from Wingate after she was suspended by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State,” Ada Valaitis, a U.S. DOT Congressional and Public Affairs officer wrote in an email response to Land Line. “In some of these instances, Wingate forged an unsuspecting and legitimate doctor’s name and license number of the certificate. The Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation required the truck drivers to have another medical examination conducted after the fraud was uncovered.”

As part of the restitution, 17 of the truck drivers were ordered to receive $65 each and another $85 for the cost of the medical examination. In addition, the judge ordered Wingate to pay Lab Corps and Alere laboratories $531.85 and $2,192, respectively, for unpaid balances.

Wingate will not have to pay interest on the restitution.



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