A certified medical examiner has been sentenced for charges of health care fraud and falsification of records relating to commercial drivers’ licenses, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Ranee Roberts, a Missouri chiropractor, was sentenced to six months home confinement, four years’ probation, and 100 hours of community service. She must also pay more than $23,000 in restitution and $4,000 in fines. Roberts pleaded guilty to charges in July.
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.
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