June 19, 2020
South Florida Physician’s Assistant Sentenced for Falsifying DOT Medical Examinations
On June 19, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sentenced physician’s assistant Ronald E. Sherry to 180 days of home confinement, 60 months’ probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $100 special assessment.
On February 27, 2020, Sherry pled guilty in the same court to falsification of records and obstruction related to fraudulent medical examinations of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders who engage in interstate commerce.
FMCSA requires drivers engaged in interstate commerce to pass medical exams to show they are physically able to safely operate commercial motor vehicles. Sherry was a FMCSA-certified medical examiner authorized to conduct physicals of CDL applicants and holders. A review of CDL medical examinations for 2016 and 2017 indicated that Sherry performed 10 times the national average of CDL medical examinations.
DOT-OIG led this joint investigation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, assisted by FMCSA.