Farid Fata at a Glance: 5 Things to Know About Doctor's Medicare Fraud Case

Here is what you should know about the Rochester Hills-practicing doctor involved in the FBI's Medicare fraud case.

Farid Fata is pictured. Photo credit: Michigan Hematology Oncology
Farid Fata is pictured. Photo credit: Michigan Hematology Oncology
Dr. Farid Fata of Oakland Township was taken into federal custody Tuesday as part of an FBI investigation into a Medicare fraud scheme that may have netted the cancer doctor and his practice up to $35 million.

1. Farid Fata, M.D., F.A.C.P. is the founder of Michigan Hematology Oncology, P.C., which operates offices in seven Metro Detroit communities, including Rochester Hills. He has been in private practice since 2000.

2. Fata received a Bachelor of Science from Lebanese University in 1992.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Maimonides Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY, in 1996, according to his practice's website.  Dr. Fata attended Cornell University Medical College, NY and completed his Hematology Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1999.

3. According to his website, Fata's hospital affiliations include Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Lapeer Regional Medical Center in Lapeer, Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac and Doctor's Hospital in Pontiac.

4. On Tuesday, FBI agents raided Fata's Oakland Township home and offices where he practiced, alleging the doctor improperly administered chemotherapy and other medications to patients who were not in need of such treatments, including those who were in remission or at end-of-life. 

5. According to the FBI, Fata accounted for about $25 million of his practice's $35 million in Medicare billing, and that Fata was responsible for $24.3 million in drug infusions that he billed directly to Medicaid, more than any other hematologist/oncologist in Michigan during that time period.

Erin August 07, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Incredible story. John, thanks for the detailed reporting. Keep the updates coming-
Luca Brazzi August 07, 2013 at 10:16 AM
I am sure the Lebanese community is real proud of this guy!
karen August 07, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Rotten corrupt physicians occur UNFORTUNATELY in EVERY community. You could say his colleagues that referred to him, or the hospitals where he was on staff all are 'real proud' of his unfortunate affiliation with them. He's a self serving, morally bankrupt criminal, he used his 'powers' for evil. This is all on HIM & his accomplices, if any. My heart breaks for his victims & their families. He needs to spend the rest of his life in Levenworth if tried & convicted. Let him provide healthcare to fellow inmates. FREE!
John Shanbalileh August 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Best doctor by HOUR magazine, 7 years in a row, promoted by St Joseph Mercy Oakland, among other money mill huge private practices! Shame on you all!!!
Patricia August 13, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Hour magazine finally had to go to ballots with registration because of "stuffing" votes and the complaints on the legitimacy of those that voted--I have stories as to how some doctors got on these lists-and it also happened at hospitals---all PR and not realistic Ever notice how one system is the majority one year, another the next?Almost like a rotation through health care systems. Then the doctors get involved with colleagues--this type of self appointed accolade needs to stop. it is political and worse than an beauty pageant. Good medicine should not be judged on a social entertainment magazine poll or a hospital with ballot boxes all around that is unable to verify if the vote is legitimate or not. Sadly medicine is not what it use to be. It is for some a political arena to keep positions which equate to money and a popularity contest to protect their money. This doctor is just an example of turning patients for money. Everyone needs to help stop this abuse, question charges, question treatment and get second opinions but look at the relationship between the doctors--as a consumer you owe that to yourself. You owe it to your health and longevity. I feel for the patients and families who may have suffered needless and for those that may never know the truth about their condition. Cancer and the treatments needed is harsh and any person that uses it for personal profit and gain should suffer the anguish and the same drug effects in prison for the rest of their life. Not even the Hypocrite Oath is sacred. To some it is just words.


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