The DOT has circulated reports warning drivers of a scam involving a Pennsylvania woman who is posing as a doctor and offering cheap — though bogus — health exams to truck drivers.
According to a report from the Associated Press, 56-year-old Joann Wingate stole credentials from a psychiatrist who happens to have the same name and is offering drivers DOT physicals for $65. Wingate sets her fraudulent operations up near truck stops, according to the reports.
At least 16 drivers have been duped by the woman since Jan. 1, according to a report from ABC News, but that number could be higher.
ABC’s report details one victim, truck driver Todd Wakefield, who said Wingate performed his physical, took a urine sample and faxed paperwork to the California DOT. Wakefield then was notified by the state that there were irregularities in his paperwork.
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