The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General found that a man without a medical license was signing the name of a legitimate chiropractor in order to provide medical certificates to truck drivers.
In April, David L. Biersmith was charged and pleaded guilty to making false statements and committing health care fraud related to fraudulent medical examinations of commercial truck drivers and military veterans. Biersmith was the owner and president of Industrial Medical Center in Independence, Mo.
Industrial Medical Center provided services to truck drivers, including drug tests and physical examinations required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Office of Inspector General said that although Biersmith didn’t have a medical license or other medical credentials, he signed the name of a legitimate chiropractor without permission. According to the OIG, he did so for at least 65 commercial truck drivers.
In addition, the OIG said that between August 2013 and December 2013, Industrial Medical Center falsely represented that a licensed physician had properly completed the medical examinations of 53 military veterans, costing the Department of Veterans Affairs more than $39,000. According to the OIG, Biersmith was aware that an unqualified medical consultant and chiropractor were responsible for the invalid examinations of the veterans.
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