On October 21, 2016, Gerald Surya, a former medical doctor, pleaded guilty to fraud in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York. Surya, who practiced medicine at JFK Medport, located at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York, had approved the use of unqualified medical assistants and interns to conduct DOT medical examinations for CDL applicants. The medical assistants and interns forged Surya’s name on medical forms and certificates even though Surya was not present for the examinations. Commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to provide a valid medical examiner’s certificate to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS-DMV) to obtain their CDLs.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with NYS-DMV Investigations with assistance from FMCSA.
Separately, on September 27, 2016, Surya pleaded guilty in New York State Court to the criminal sale of a controlled substance, primarily oxycodone. He has since forfeited his medical license.