February 1, 2021
Massachusetts Man Enters Guilty Plea for Making False Statements on DOT Medical Forms
On February 1, 2021, John Kamau pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to 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, and the second medical examiner determined he was qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. In February 2019, Kamau allegedly submitted another DOT medical form 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.