Texas trucker pleads guilty to forging signatures on DOT physical forms

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Monday, May 23, 2016

A Texas trucker pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements after forging a registered nurse’s signature on his medical examination form, according to federal court documents. The driver forgot one significant detail: the nurse’s national registry number.

In September 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General received information from the Big Springs, Texas, Police Department that Michael Glenn Dairy, trucker for O Tex Pumping (OTP), had forged a signature on his medical long form and medical card. Police were tipped off after OTP contacted the nurse to obtain her national registry number after Dairy submitted the forms. The nurse stated she never signed a medical form for Dairy.

Dairy had been examined at the nurse’s place of employment, West Texas Injury Prevention (WTIP), on several occasions, including a DOT physical in April 2014. In August 2014, Dairy attempted to receive another DOT physical with WTIP. However, he was refused service based on the alleged fraudulent documents that had already been discovered.

When approached by law enforcement, Dairy claimed he needed another physical for OTP since the doctor he was referred to refused to pass him based on medical concerns. Dairy then stated he could not afford the physical and was referred to a lady by a trucker in the oil field. Dairy was told to go to the TA Truck Stop in Big Springs and look for a blue truck with a white trailer. According to court documents, Dairy claimed he met with the lady who administered the same physical he usually receives.

Eventually, Dairy admitted to authorities he was lying about the trailer at the truck stop. He admitted to forging the nurse’s name on his medical form and card. Dairy had used a previous medical card from WTIP to replicate the signature.

Dairy pleaded guilty to making false statements on May 5. He faces up to five years of imprisonment, fines up to $250,000, three years supervised released, and any restitution to victims or the community. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

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