SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A National City psychologist who allegedly filled out and sold immigration and Social Security forms falsely stating his patients had medical disabilities was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego.
Dr. Roberto J. Velasquez, 55, was arrested Friday on suspicion of making false statements in immigration documents and applications for Supplemental Security Income disability benefits.
According to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant, a confidential source told Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Nickolaus Jones last September that Velasquez was fraudulently completing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services forms for immigrants in San Diego County.
For a fee of $200, Velasquez would provide a form falsely stating that a person qualified for a medical disability exception, according to the affidavit.
Velasquez was also completing medical reports for people seeking to file applications for the Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income program, authorities said. He would falsely state these people had medical disabilities, according to the affidavit.
Last September 22, an undercover ICE agent posing as an immigrant went to Velasquez's Pacific Health Systems requesting an "immigration paper," according to the affidavit. The psychologist told the agent, "Alright, very good, we're going to make you a U.S. citizen, OK?" to which the agent responded, "Thank you doctor," the affidavit reported.
Velasquez collected some biographical information from the agent, then allegedly stated, "I have to come up with a reason why you cannot take the American Citizenship exam." Then, according to the affidavit, he said he would assert that the supposed immigrant knew a little bit of English, "that you're depressed, sad anxious, um, I'm going to make a good report for you."
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