Cops: Truckers duped by woman impersonating doctor

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH--  Pennsylvania State Police are looking for commercial drivers who say they were duped by a woman charged with impersonating a physician and performing bogus health exams near truck stops.

Police say 56-year-old Joann Wingate swiped the identity of a psychiatrist with the same last name to perform low-cost physicals on drivers who needed them to maintain their commercial licenses.

She's been charged with forgery, identity theft and other offenses.

Wingate declined to comment Tuesday.

Wingate is a chiropractor whose license was suspended in the fall after regulators found she had been offering trucker physicals at least since 2009.

State police say she continued to offering the exams this year, performing at least 16 since Jan. 1. They say that truckers who believe they were victimized should contact state police.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


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