September 24, 2019
CDL Driver Charged and Arrested for Making False Statement on DOT Medical Form
On September 24, 2019, John Kamau of Lowell, Massachusetts, was charged in U.S. District Court, Boston, Massachusetts, with making a false statement on a DOT Medical Examination Report Form (medical form). He was arrested the next day.
In May 2016, Kamau allegedly filled out a DOT medical form, responding yes to a question that would have precluded him from obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) unless he obtained an exemption. Based on that response, the medical examiner determined that Kamau was not qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. In September 2016, Kamau allegedly filled out a second DOT medical form and submitted it to a different medical examiner, this time responding no to the question described above. The second medical examiner determined that Kamau was qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
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