UPDATED — A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Penn., has indicted Joann Wingate for wire fraud, submitting false documents and aggravated identity theft for impersonating a commercial driver’s license medical examiner.
Wingate, a 58-year old resident of Carlisle, Penn., allegedly used the identity of a licensed physician to administer physical examinations to CDL holders after her chiropractor’s license was suspended in October 2014. Wingate also claimed to be a medical doctor in order to serve as a medical review officer for drug tests for CDL holders.
Wingate advertised her medical services at rest stops and gas stations in the Carlisle area and has a business agreement with a Carlisle-based trucking company to handle driver drug and alcohol program requirements, alleged the indictment. She collected urine samples and turned them into medical laboratories and completed medical examinations and transmitted documentation to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Wingate is accused of defrauding CDL holders and the Carlisle-based trucking company as well as creating and submitting false documents to the DOT’s vehicle safety program.
"In the 11 years I have been at FMCSA, this is the first case I have heard of someone impersonating a medical examiner – particularly since the 2014 launch of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners," said Duane DeBruyne FMCSA Spokesman. "Any carrier or any driver, however, who suspects fraudulent activity by a medical examiner or by a drug/alcohol test examiner or facility should contact the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-424-9071."
UPDATE: Story updated to include comment from FMCSA Spokesman Duane DeBruyne.