September 20, 2017
Atlanta Doctor Sentenced for Falsifying DOT Medical Examinations
On September 20, 2017, Dr. Anthony Lefteris, a DOT-designated Medical Examiner, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, Georgia, for making false statements and submitting fraudulent data entries to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He was sentenced to 6 months’ community confinement, 180 days’ home confinement, 3 years’ probation, and 1,600 hours of community service.
In 2016, DOT-OIG received allegations that Lefteris had not complied with DOT’s medical examination protocols for applications and renewals for commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). As a result, DOT-OIG initiated an undercover operation during which agents posed as CDL drivers in need of DOT medical certificates. In exchange for cash payments, undercover agents obtained fraudulent documents from Lefteris indicating that proper medical examinations had been performed when they had not. Lefteris later made false statements regarding the completion of the required medical examinations to DOT and entered false information into DOT’s National Registry Driver Records System.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with the Georgia Department of Public Safety, Motor Carrier Compliance Division.