COSHOCTON — Dr. David A. Velasquez, accused of illegally selling weight-loss medication, pleaded not guilty Thursdsay to charges brought by indictment of a recent grand jury.
While he’s lived in the United States as a permanent resident with a green card, Velasquez retains his citizenship with El Salvador, said Jill Del Greco, spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Therefore he has the right to notify the El Salvador Embassy of the felony charges against him, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. If Velasquez chooses to notify the embassy of his status, a consular officer has the right to visit him and arrange for legal representation, according to the U.S. State Department.
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