Daily Outrage: LA physician charged with faking immigration medical exams

WHAT: Los Angeles doctor Levon Tebelekian, 72, was arrested for allegedly falsifying the results of medical exams for immigrants applying for permanent residency visas. Investigators said immigrants paid Tebelekian up to $150 to sign the required medical examination form — without ever seeing the doctor.

WHY IT’S A BAD IDEA: In one case, Tebelekian allegedly told an undercover ICE agent that he was not going to “disturb his blood” because the agent “did not look like he had AIDS.” Nobody knows how many other patients may have received one of these visual-only AIDS tests that potentially put the public at risk.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: If convicted, the physician faces up to 80 years in prison for making fraudulent statements.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Chinatown fixture Yuet Lee prepares for New Year with new leadership in the kitchen

Although Chinese New Year is a holiday, at newly anointed legacy business… Continue reading

Miss Chinatown USA pageant first step to successful careers for San Francisco sisters

Local contest opened doors for women in Chinese community when they were barred from other events

Calendar of Events: San Francisco celebrates the Year of the Rat

JAN. 25 Choy Sun Doe Day: The San Francisco Chinese Chamber of… Continue reading

From auto burglaries to homicides, crime fell in San Francisco in 2019

In the face of national scrutiny over street conditions in San Francisco,… Continue reading

The 29-Sunset could become a ‘rapid’ route

Muni weighing change after Lowell students advocated for improved service on line

Most Read