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LA clinic owner, docs charged in Medicare scam

/ Source: The Associated Press

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.

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.

A message left at the clinic was not immediately returned.