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RE: Frank Meza 2019 LA Marathon Cheater

triathleteguru wrote:

BTW, he still has this:

"I have coached five state championships, and my teams have been ranked sixth and eighth in the nation. I recently set eight California age group marathon records."


I'm not sure if somebody has made this suggestion yet, and it is a very mean suggestion, but an argument could be made that this sort of serial fraud goes beyond FM's problematic career as a marathoner and speaks to his integrity as a board certified medical professional. The relevant category would be "unprofessional conduct." Look at the following page on the Medical Board of California website:

Scroll down. I'm talking about the following item:

"Unprofessional Conduct (e.g., breach of confidence, record alteration, filing fraudulent insurance claims, misleading advertising, arrest or conviction)"

The complaint would be misleading advertising. On a website designed to advertise himself as a medical professional, FM brags about his age group records. But did he, in fact, set those records? Records can only be set by people who have actually set records, not people who have cheated to set records.

Again, filing a complaint against FM for cheating on marathons and then making those factitious performances a part of his professional resume, deployed on a website for the purposes of advertising, would be a mean thing to do. But confronted with what appears to be the decade-long scope of his athletic misbehavior, we would NOT be wrong, I suggest, to wonder whether this failure of integrity ever shows up in his medical practice.

I'm making no claims. I'm just asking. It's worth asking this question--and worth thinking about whether this sort of complainT might, either now or at some point in the forseeable future, be worth addressing to the MBC.

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