August 23, 2018
Pennsylvania Woman Ordered To Pay Restitution to 20 Victims
On August 23, 2018, Joann Wingate of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was ordered by a Federal District Court Judge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to pay $3,913.85 in restitution to 20 victims. The sentence is related to multiple fraudulent schemes perpetrated against Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety programs. Wingate was previously sentenced to 2 years’ probation, which included 6 months of electronic-monitoring home detention and a $300 assessment fee.
On November 7, 2017, Wingate pleaded guilty to wire fraud and false statement charges. The investigation disclosed that she falsified FMCSA-regulated medical examiner certificates and drug-testing chain-of-custody forms; forged documents using the identity of an unsuspecting licensed physician; falsified other documents by claiming to be a medical review officer; and continued to perform FMCSA-regulated medical exams for commercial driver’s license holders, in exchange for payment, after the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania suspended her chiropractic license in 2013.
FMCSA and the Pennsylvania State Police, Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania Department of State, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provided substantial assistance with this investigation.