Update: Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, 65, a resident of Columbus, Georgia and previously a practicing chiropractor in Phenix City, Alabama, has received a 37-month for conspiring to commit wire fraud.
Dr. Edwards orchestrated a scheme to conduct fraudulent physical examinations on prospective long-haul truck drivers and then submit false documents to the United States Department of Transportation.
At the sentencing hearing, Chief United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins described Dr. Edwards’s crime as a “serious” one.
Chief Judge Watkins also found that Dr. Edwards had abused the trust placed in him by the USDOT to conduct physicals and that, as a result of his offense, Dr. Edwards had fraudulently obtained approximately $224,000.
Montgomery, Ala (WRBL). – On Wednesday, June 13, 65-year-old Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud related to truck driver physicals.
United States Attorney Louis Franklin made the announcement Thursday morning via a press release.
Edwards was a practicing chiropractor in Phenix City, Alabama. Franklin says Edwards conviction stems from falsifying documents to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).
According to court records, the false documents Dr. Edwards submitted to the USDOT suggested he performed the physical examinations for prospective truck drivers who were seeking a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The USDOT requires all truck drivers undergo an initial physical examination before receiving a CDL, and to have subsequent examinations every two years to maintain the license.
Franklin says, during the plea hearing, Dr. Edwards admitted he would allow his employees to conduct the USDOT required physicals. However, none of those employees were trained medical professionals.
Franklin says Edwards sentencing hearing has not yet been set, but Edwards faces up to 20 years.
As News 3 reported, two of Edwards employees were also charged in connection with the investigation. They are 58-year-old Joanne Bush and 40-year-old Andrea Daigle.
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