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ICE: Doctor supplied fake immigrant exams

Nov. 4, 2009 at 6:27 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. immigration officials say a Los Angeles doctor faked medical exams for immigrants seeking U.S. visas.

A statement issued Tuesday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency alleged that Levon Tebelekian, 72, charged immigrants $150 for medical clearance papers without actually performing exams, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The federal government requires the exams to ensure immigrants aren't bringing in any diseases.

The newspaper said it wasn't clear if any of the immigrants had any health problems.

Tebelekian was arrested after a joint investigation by ICE and the California Medical Board.

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