Medical examiner pleads guilty to submitting false certificates to FMCSA

By Land Line staff | Monday, July 25, 2016

A certified medical examiner pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges of health care fraud and falsification of records relating to commercial drivers’ licenses, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced.

Ranee Roberts, a doctor of chiropractic medicine in West Plains, Mo., was charged and pleaded guilty on July 11 in U.S. District Court, St. Louis.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical certification allowed Dr. Roberts to complete medical examiner certificates confirming an applicant’s fitness to drive commercial vehicles, and submit the certificates to FMCSA electronically.

According to the release from the Office of Inspector General, Dr. Roberts knowingly falsified and submitted medical examiner’s certificates to FMCSA. Dr. Roberts directed her administrative office staff at West Plains Family Chiropractic to perform parts of the examination, although she knew they were not FMCSA-certified and had not received training on the proper administration of the tests. Several parts of the examination that unqualified staff performed at Dr. Roberts’ direction were tests that could potentially disqualify a driver.

The claims included that Dr. Roberts’ staff members were directed to write the results of the testing on Post-it Notes and attach them to the examination form. According to the Office of Inspector General, Dr. Roberts changed test results that weren’t in the passing range when she conducted physical examinations. On some occasions, Dr. Roberts submitted certificates to FMCSA prior to examining the driver.

The Department of Transportation is investigating this matter jointly with the Health and Human Services.

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