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Feds Raid Home, Rochester Hills Office of Cancer Doctor

FBI alleges Farid Fata of Oakland Township, who operates Michigan Hematology Oncology in Rochester Hills, misdiagnosed cancer patients.

A cancer doctor working in Rochester Hills is in federal custody on charges of health care fraud, according to clickondetroit.com.

According to the report, the FBI is executing search warrants at Farid Fata's home on the 2600 block of Forest Glen Court in Oakland Township, as well as at medical facilities where he has worked, including an office in Rochester Hills.

Fata founded Michigan Hematology Oncology, P.C., a cancer care center that has a location at 1688 Star Batt Drive in Rochester Hills. A previous location was listed at the Crittenton Cancer Center, 1901 Star Batt Drive. According to FBI records, that location later served as United Diagnostics PLLC, and most recently Vital Pharmacare LLC, both operated by Fata. The facility previously had an address listed at 543 N. Main St. in Rochester.

A complaint by the U.S. District Court alleges Fata defrauded Medicare by submitting false claims for services that were medically unnecessary, including chemotherapy treatments, PET scans and a variety of cancer and hematology treatments for patients who did not need them.

According to the complaint, Fata began Michigan Hematology Oncology, P.C., in 2005. According to the office's website, there also are locations in Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Sterling Heights, Clarkston, Lapeer and Oak Park. The office's website also lists 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 as Fata's hospital affiliations.

The complaint alleges Fata administered chemotherapy unnecessarily to patients who were in remission, deliberately misdiagnosed patients as having cancer to justify unnecessary cancer treatment, administered chemotherapy to end-of-life patients who will not benefit from the treatment, deliberately misdiagnosed patients without cancer to justify expensive testing, fabricated other diagnoses such as anemia and fatigue to justify unnecessary hematology treatments and unnecessarily distributed controlled substances to patients.

The complaint alleges Fata administered chemotherapy to patients who had other serious medical conditions that required immediate treatment before being permitted to go to the hospital.

In one case, the complaint alleges, a man fell down and hit his head when he came to one of Fata's offices. The complaint alleges Fata ordered the man to undergo chemotherapy before he could be taken to the emergency room. The man later died from the head injury. In another case, the complaint alleges a patient came into one of Fata's offices with low sodium levels, which could be fatal. The complaint alleges Fata again ordered a chemotherapy treatment before the patient could be taken to the emergency room.

An oncologist cited in the complaint, who was not identified by name, told FBI officials the drugs allegedly administered by Fata were toxic, administered at dangerous levels and could lead to death.

According to the complaint, Fata has been working out of his Rochester Hills office three days per week, and he has split the remainder of each week at his Bloomfield Hills and Clarkston offices.

When reached Tuesday afternoon, officials at the FBI's Detroit bureau declined further comment, stating the investigation is ongoing.
John McKay (Editor) August 06, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Read the FBI's complaint here: http://rochester.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/read-the-fbis-complaint-against-farid-fata
nan ruppert August 06, 2013 at 05:59 PM
my husband was one of Dr.Fata's patients .He died 6 months after chemo started. Makes you wonder if all that we were told was true or necessary. Feel sorry for those in the middle of treatment. God bless you all.
Sandra Dziedziula August 07, 2013 at 08:31 AM
is this doctor an American? anyway, this is the kind of stuff that makes our "health system" even worse. he's a traitor to the country.
Carol Jackson August 07, 2013 at 11:04 AM
I understand why he's being charged for fraud, but it seems that this is also a crime of violence -- cancer treatments can be horrific. People who consented to such treatment under false pretenses were victims of a kind of assault. If these allegations are true, I don't think this should be treated only as a white collar crime. This is also a violent crime.
Carol Jackson August 07, 2013 at 11:18 AM
My father died not from cancer, but from the side effects of the treatment. I hasten to note that my father was not treated by this guy, so I am not accusing this guy of causing his death. My point is that cancer treatments often involve using poison, on the premise that poison will kill off the rapidly going tumor cell before killing the patient. In some cases, the patient loses that race. As a resident of this town/county/state, I want to know whether assault &/or murder charges are being looked into. Such charges will not bring back people such as Mr. Ruppert (see above, & btw, my condolences to you, Ms. Ruppert), but doesn't justice demand that a potential poisoner not be charged only with financial crimes?
john bronik August 07, 2013 at 11:19 AM
There is a very low place in HELL for those who prey on the sick and elderly!
Vicki Blue August 07, 2013 at 11:06 PM
this very very sick, how dare still man!!! i hope he goes to hell
Texas August 08, 2013 at 10:29 AM
My mom used to go to him because she is anemic and needed treatment for her anemia. The waiting time in the lobby was 2 hours long than for him to come into the room and see her took another hour then the treatment it self took 5 mins. I would complain every time of the long long wait he didn't care and told me we weren't the only people there, which I understand but don't overbook. He was so greedy. This is scary who can you TRUST? Sicko
john bronik August 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I believe your conscience is your soul ... If you do good in your life, this is what you have for eternity, if you do bad or evil, this is what you have for eternity, like dreaming a nightmare forever. This is what he will be faced with if he is indeed guilty. God have mercy on his soul.

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