LA Doctor Allegedly Faked Exams for Immigrants

Olsen Ebright, KNBC-TV (Los Angeles), November 4, 2009

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Levon Tebelekian, 72, is accused of giving medical clearance to immigrants applying for U.S. visas by allegedly falsifying the results of medical exams and lab tests, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In one case, he allegedly told an undercover ICE agent that he was not going to “disturb his blood” and that he “did not look like he had AIDS,” according to an affidavit.

Authorities are unsure how many other patients were victims of the alleged scam and may have received one of these apparent visual AIDS tests.

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“By allegedly giving some of his patients a clean bill of health without even examining them, this physician potentially put our communities at risk,” Unzueta [Miguel Unzueta, of ICE in Los Angeles] said.

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