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L.A. doctor accused of faking medical exams for immigrants

November 4, 2009 |  7:19 am

A 72-year-old Los Angeles doctor was accused by state and federal authorities of faking medical exams for immigrants applying for U.S. visas, officials said.

According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, Levon Tebelekian allegedly charged immigrants $150 to give them medical clearance papers without giving them medical exams. Such exams are required by the federal government to make sure immigrants don't have any diseases.

It is unclear whether any of the immigrants involved in the alleged scam had any health problems.

Tebelekian was arrested by the agency, which handled the investigation in conjunction with the California Medical Board.

Tebelekian could not be reached for comment.

-- Shelby Grad