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Alabama Woman Sentenced for Role in Scheme To Falsify DOT Medical Examinations

On July 26, 2018, Joann Bush was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Montgomery, Alabama, to 36 months’ probation, including 6 months of home detention. On April 23, Bush pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for her role in submitting false DOT-mandated commercial driver’s license (CDL) medical examinations to FMCSA’s National Registry.   

While employed as a medical assistant for Dr. Kenneth Edwards in Phenix City, Alabama, Bush performed DOT medical examinations even though she was not listed in the National Registry and did not have a medical license. Bush, Edwards, and an employee named Andrea Daigle charged patients for medical examinations that did not satisfy DOT safety requirements, and uploaded the examination results to FMCSA, falsely certifying that Edwards performed the examinations. 

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