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Alabama Woman Pleads Guilty to Scheme To Falsify DOT Medical Examinations

On April 23, 2018, Joann Bush pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Opelika, Alabama, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for her role in submitting falsified DOT-mandated commercial driver’s license (CDL) medical examinations to FMCSA’s National Registry.

According to Bush, while employed as a medical assistant by Dr. Kenneth Edwards of Phenix City, Alabama, she routinely performed DOT medical examinations even though she was not listed on the National Registry and did not have a medical license. Bush admitted that she, Edwards, and an employee named Andrea Daigle charged patients for medical examinations that did not satisfy DOT safety requirements. They subsequently uploaded the examination results to FMCSA, certifying that Edwards performed the examinations, when he had not, and that they met DOT requirements.

DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Department of Labor-OIG, and FMCSA.