Georgia State Patrol have issued an urgent warning to commercial truck drivers after an investigation revealed that a doctor is alleged to have done incomplete medical certification examinations and falsified records that were necessary for commercial drivers to have in order to maintain their driving certifications. The GSP is advising that it intends to revoke all certificates issued to commercial motor vehicle operators within the past two years by Anthony Lefteris, Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (“National Registry”) No. 8343724872, of Atlanta, Georgia.
Any drivers who got their certification through Lefteris during the last two years runs the risk of being pulled off the road during a roadside inspection unless they take the necessary steps to rectify the situation.
The full press release with details follows
(ATLANTA) – On December 1, 2016, a Criminal Complaint in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, was issued against Anthony Lefteris, Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (“National Registry”) No. 8343724872, of Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Lefteris was charged with Making False Statements, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 1001; and Making a False Entry in U.S. Department of Transportation’s Records with the Intent to Impede and Influence the Proper Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 1519.
The investigation initiated by the U.S. Department of Transportation determined that while listed as a Certified Medical Examiner on the National Registry, Dr. Lefteris conducted a number of medical certification examinations that far exceeded a reasonable number of examinations. A joint undercover investigation conducted by the Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division and Federal Motor Carrier Administration revealed that the purported medical examinations conducted by Dr. Lefteris at a truck stop in Atlanta, Georgia, exhibited a pattern whereby the examination was incomplete, required tests were not performed and information on the medical examination form was falsified.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) removed Dr. Lefteris from the National Registry on December 2, 2016.
USDOT/FMCSA intends to revoke all certificates issued by Dr. Lefteris to commercial motor vehicle operators within the past two years.
FMCSA offices nationwide are presently working with State Driver’s Licensing Agencies to obtain the contact information for all affected drivers. FMCSA is contacting these drivers and informing them that they have THIRTY DAYS to obtain a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a Medical Examiner with valid certification on the National Registry. Letters to Georgia licensed CDL holders will be sent the week of January 2nd. Failure to obtain an updated medical examiners certificate will result in the driver being declared not medically qualified and subject to citations and/or being placed out of service during a roadside inspection.
The Georgia Department of Public Safety strongly encourages ANY driver who currently holds a Georgia commercial driver’s license AND had a physical performed by Dr. Lefteris submit a current and valid medical examiners certificate to the Georgia Department of Driver Services immediately in order to prevent your CDL from being downgraded. In addition, any commercial vehicle driver who currently holds a regular non-commercial driver’s license and operates a commercial motor vehicle and has a medical examiners certificate issued by Dr. Lefteris, should obtain an updated and valid medical certificate from a registered medical examiner as soon as possible.
Drivers and carriers with further questions should contact USDOT/FMCSA via email at FMCSAMedical@dot.gov or by calling 1-202-366-4001.