||09-19-2012 12:36 PM
New Jersey trainer pleads guilty to falsifying pre-fight medical paperwork
A New Jersey-based trainer pleaded guilty today to falsifying medical paperwork so his fighters could fight without undergoing pre-bout physicals.
The state attorney general office will recommend 49-year-old Mahwah, N.J. resident Philip Dunlap be sentenced to probation, 200 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.
"The sport is criticized enough, and young enough where it's still trying to grow," New Jersey State Athletic Control Board legal counsel Nick Lembo today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We don't need somebody getting hurt ... off of fake medicals."
Dunlap, who trains fighters out of Advanced Fighting Systems in Mahwah, agreed to a plea deal in connection with a third-degree felony charge of tampering with public records or information. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 26.
The attorney general said Dunlap submitted false physicals from 2007 to 2011 in connection with a doctor who initially examined his fighters.
"The medical forms certified that a doctor had examined certain fighters whom Dunlap trained and that they were medically cleared to participate in [amateur MMA] contests," stated a release from the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General. "The consent to fight forms certified that the fighters signed the form.
"An investigation by the [New Jersey State Athletic Control Board] and the Division of Criminal Justice revealed that the fighters did not receive the physicals, the doctor did not sign the medical forms, and the fighters did not sign the consent forms."
The fighters, who were not named in the release, received one-year suspensions and lost their eligibility to compete at amateur events in New Jersey, Lembo said. He couldn't confirm whether there are pending charges against the doctor or anyone else involved with the forged documents.
Lembo added that blood-test results from his fighters were valid, which means none of the their opponents was exposed to possible blood-borne diseases, and that the fighters underwent standard pre-fight medical checkups.
At one point Dunlap was licensed as a trainer in New Jersey but let it lapse because cornermen don't need a license at amateur shows, Lembo said.
"I think it would be very fair to say there would be some monumental obstacles (to Dunlap being licensed again)," he added.
Lembo said between 500 and 600 fighters compete yearly at amateur events in the state. The volume of pre-fight medical paperwork makes verification of documents a difficult task.
However, Lembo said document forging isn't an ongoing problem with the NJSCAB but said "it's something all commissions have to be vigilant checking and monitoring."
Any of our Jersey constituents familiar with anyone/where/thing mentioned in this article?
||09-19-2012 02:28 PM
Never heard of the guy. Could be any of a million since he was cornering amateur fights. Too many of those "trainers" to keep track.
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