A doctor from New Hyde Park has admitted to falsely certifying physical exams for commercial driver’s license applicants, authorities said.
Dr. Gerald Surya, 47, signed off on forms claiming he had examined prospective heavy commercial vehicle drivers and found them to physically fit when he had not actually examined them, authorities said.
Surya pleaded guilty Friday in Brooklyn federal court. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
Drivers of some commercial vehicles, such as school buses and large trucks, are required to submit a certification of physical fitness in order to obtain a commercial driver’s license, as well as pass written and driving tests.
As a certified medical examiner, Surya was also required to submit copies of the certifications he conducted to the U.S. Department of Transportation on a monthly basis.
Authorities said staff members in Surya’s office at Kennedy Airport, with little or no medical training, conducted the exams. The staff members were not authorized by USDOT to do so.
No one was available to comment Friday at JFK Medport, a 24-hour clinic where the exams were conducted. A person who answered the phone said Surya was no longer affiliated with the clinic.