Alabama Doctor and Assistants Indicted for Their Roles in a Scheme To Falsify DOT Medical Examinations
On February 13, 2018, Kenneth Edwards, Joann Bush, and Andrea Daigle were indicted in U.S. District Court, Opelika, Alabama, on multiple counts of wire fraud, making false statements, falsification of Federal records, and conspiracy. The three were charged with falsifying DOT medical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, which are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Edwards, a licensed chiropractor, operated Back & Neck Rehab in Phenix City, Alabama. Bush was his medical assistant, and Daigle was the office manager. The indictment alleges Edwards, Bush, and Daigle advertised to trucking corporations, truck driving schools, and the general public that Back & Neck Rehab performed DOT medical examinations in accordance with FMCSA safety regulations. However, Bush and Daigle actually conducted many of the physicals, particularly when Edwards was not available, although neither of them was listed on FMCSA’s National Registry or had a medical license. Furthermore, Edwards, Bush, and Daigle often did not examine the applicant’s hearing and periodically failed to perform other DOT requirements for physicals, such as urinalysis, vision tests, and reviews of applicants’ health histories. In some cases, they wrote false entries on medical examination forms when an accurate report would have disqualified the applicant. Afterward, Edwards, Bush, or Daigle would use Edwards’ user name and password to electronically transmit the false results to FMCSA and certify that the applicants were medically qualified to safely operate a CMV.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Department of Labor OIG, and FMCSA.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.