Two Playa del Rey therapists were arrested Tuesday for health insurance fraud after allegedly billing Anthem Blue Cross for services amounting to $3.5 million that they never provided, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Marriage and family therapist Steven Orenstein, 57, owner of Brain Enhancement Institute in Playa del Rey, and speech therapist Erin Kayem, 42, owner of Neurodevelopment Learning Institute, now face insurance fraud charges as well as conspiracy to commit grand theft and grand theft charges. Both businesses are in Playa del Rey.
Insurance department investigators reviewed records of two patients and found that Anthem had been charged for services that were never rendered. One patient visited Kayem’s clinic six times, but Anthem was billed for 74, according to a statement from the Department of Insurance.
Bail was set at $350,000 for each of the therapists, who could face up to 65 years in prison if convicted.
Kayem’s office did not immediately return a call for comment.
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