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Former New York Doctor Sentenced in Connection with Fraudulent CDL Medical Examinations

On July 26, 2017, Gerald Surya, a former medical doctor, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, to 6 months’ home confinement, 5 years’ probation, a $3,000 fine, a $50,000 criminal forfeiture, and a $100 special court assessment. In October 2016, Surya pleaded guilty to a fraud charge related to the falsification of DOT medical examinations.
Surya, who practiced medicine at JFK Medport, located at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, approved the use of unqualified medical assistants and interns to conduct DOT medical examinations for commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants. The medical assistants and interns forged his name on medical forms and certificates, although 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 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.