December 11, 2019
Massachusetts Man Indicted for Making False Statements on DOT Medical Forms
On December 11, 2019, John Kamau, a commercial driver based in Lowell, Massachusetts, was indicted in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, on two counts of making false statements on DOT Medical Examination Report Forms.
In May 2016, Kamau allegedly responded yes to a question on the form that would have precluded him from obtaining a DOT medical certificate without 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, he responded no to the question described above. The second medical examiner determined that Kamau was qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. In February 2019, Kamau allegedly filled out a third DOT medical form and submitted it to a third medical examiner. Again, he responded no—both to the question described above and to another question that asked whether his DOT medical certificate had ever been denied.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.