Doctor Sentenced for Submitting Fraudulent Data to FMCSA

Dr. Anthony Lefteris pleaded guilty in a federal court in Atlanta on June 5 to federal false statement and false data entry charges. The DOT OIG conducted an undercover operation after receiving allegations during 2016 that he had not complied with DOT's medical examination protocols for applications and renewals for commercial drivers' licenses.

A DOT-designated Medical Examiner in Atlanta, Dr. Anthony Lefteris, was sentenced last month for making false statements and submitting fraudulent data entries to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the DOT Inspector General's Office announced Sept. 20. He was sentenced to six months' community confinement, 180 days' home confinement, three years of probation, and 1,600 hours of community service.

Lefteris had pleaded guilty in a federal court in Atlanta on June 5 to federal false statement and false data entry charges, the office reported, adding that it had received allegations during 2016 that Lefteris had not complied with DOT's medical examination protocols for applications and renewals for commercial drivers' licenses.

Based on them, the OIG initiated an undercover operation with agents posing as CDL drivers in need of DOT medical certificates. "In exchange for cash payments, undercover agents obtained fraudulent documents from Lefteris indicating that proper medical examinations had been performed when they had not. Lefteris later made false statements regarding the completion of the required medical examinations to DOT and entered false information into DOT's National Registry Driver Records System," its report said. The OIG conducted the investigation jointly with the Georgia Department of Public Safety's Motor Carrier Compliance Division.

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