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More Trouble for Cancer Doc Accused of Bilking Medicare for $225 Million

Dr. Farid Fata of Oakland Township, who is accused of deliberately misdiagnosing patients and subjecting them to painful treatments for personal gain, faces new charges of money laundering

Families of patients of Dr. Farid Fata protested last summer after they faced fees to receive their medical records. Fata now faces new charges of money laundering. (Patch file photo)
Families of patients of Dr. Farid Fata protested last summer after they faced fees to receive their medical records. Fata now faces new charges of money laundering. (Patch file photo)

An Oakland Township cancer doctor disgraced in an alleged $225 million Medicare fraud case in which he allegedly misdiagnosed patients and ordered unnecessary, gruelling treatments is facing new federal money laundering charges.

Dr. Farid Fata is expected to be arraigned on the new charges on Feb. 4, the Detroit News Reports. The new charges of money laundering are included in the fourth federal indictment brought against Fata.

Fata has been held in a federal prison in Milan since his Aug. 6 arrest on fraud charges. A judge ruled Fata, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is a native of Lebanon, a flight risk and revoked his $9 million bond.

Federal authorities claim he fraudulently billed Medicare for $225 million from August 2007 to July 13, and that some patients were repeatedly exposed to powerful drugs even though they didn’t have cancer.

Catch up on this story on Patch:

Fata was the founder of Michigan Hematology Oncology, P.C., which operated in seven Metro Detroit communities. In August 2013, FBI agents raided Fata’s Oakland Township home and offices where he practiced. Among those who had received the unnecessary treatments – which included chemotherapy, PET scans, and a variety of cancer and hematology treatments – were patients in remission or end-of-life and would not benefit from the drugs.

Oakland Township resident Liz Lupo, whose mother died of lung cancer six years ago, told the Detroit News that she hopes the new charges will strengthen the FBI’s case against the physician.

“The suffering my mom went through was intentional,” Lupo said of the cancer treatments her mother received from Fata.

His trial is now scheduled for Aug. 12.

Read more on Patch:

Families of Dr. Fata's Patients Can Receive Records From Crittenton for Free

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

Feds Raid Home, Rochester Hills Office of Cancer Doctor


Patricia January 17, 2014 at 06:14 PM
The headline of "More Trouble for Cancer Doc...", really?? More trouble for him? It sounds as if the headline is saying the poor guy is inconvenienced with more trouble. He isn't receiving or having heaped on him the physical pain and suffering and emotional turmoil that he heaped on many innocent patients and their family--he intentionally defrauded and lied. "More trouble"....please, he is just starting to get his just dues without the pain.

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