A doctor based in New York has been formally indicted on charges related to falsifying Department of Transportation medical records. This pastOctober the doctor was decertified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In September 2015, a criminal complaint against Gerald Surya, M.D., 45, was unsealed in federal court. According to the complaint, Surya was authorized to conduct Department of Transportation medical examinations and certifications for CDL applicants at his office at the JFK airport in Queens, N.Y. However, Surya never examined the applicants. Rather, the exams were conducted by other staff members who were not properly trained, qualified or authorized.
FMCSA contacted drivers who were examined by Surya. Affected drivers had to receive a new DOT physical examination from a certified medical examiner under the National Registry. Drivers had 60 days to complete the new exam.
After the 60-day period passed, all examinations conducted by Surya were voided. All drivers who do not complete a new exam within the 60-day period will not be considered medically certified and will have their CDL downgraded to a non-commercial class.
Nearly 4,000 drivers have certificates issued by Surya. If convicted, Surya faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Although the complaint was brought forward as far back as October 2014, a federal grand jury did not indict Surya until March 3.
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