updated 10/29/2010 4:44:47 PM ET 2010-10-29T20:44:47

Two doctors and a clinic owner have been charged in Los Angeles in a multi-million-dollar scheme to recruit mentally ill homeless patients for unnecessary treatments.

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The city attorney's office has also charged another four clinic employees in the scam that allegedly bilked Medicare and Medi-Cal out of $5 million.

Prosecutors say patients were brought in to RSB Medical Group for abdominal ultrasounds and received $100. The clinic allegedly charged the federal programs up to $1,000 per doctor for between 30 and 50 patients daily.

Drs. Rodney Barron and Eleanor Arthur were arrested Friday and are being held on $500,000 bail.

Clinic owner Artur Vic Manasarian and the others are charged with conspiracy and taking illegal kickbacks.

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A message left at the clinic was not immediately returned.

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