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 MacIver has a followup on the investigation of the fake doc notes written for "sick" teachers in Madison.

On Saturday, February 19th, MacIver News Service broke the story in which doctors were caught on video offering and handing out sick notes to protesters who needed excuses for missing work the week before. These doctor’s notes were handed out without any attempt to perform even a cursory medical examine or to solicit even a rudimentary medical history from the ‘patients.’

After several complaints were lodged by witnesses and individuals who saw the MNS report, the Division of Enforcement in the Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) informed the doctors of the complaints filed against them.

The letters were mailed to eleven respondents on February 28th and included copies of complaints filed with the Department. According to the DRL, nine of the individuals against whom complaints have been lodged are licensed physicians and two are unlicensed individuals. The doctors were requested to provide a written explanation to each of the allegations contained in the complaints. The DRL has not yet released those complaints to the public, however the original MNS report did identify one of the doctors allegedly involved.

“The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, which is the regulatory authority that issued your license, has requested that we review the enclosed complaints that have been filed against you. The complaints allege that you signed “fake” sick notes for people who skipped school or work to demonstrate at the State Capitol,” the letters to the licensed individuals read.

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