Michigan doctor arrested after intentionally misdiagnosing patients with cancerBy Mason White 10:45 AM August 12, 2013
|Dr. Farid Fata|
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A doctor was arrested and charged with fraud related charges after misdiagnosing patients with cancer in order to make millions of dollars by providing them with unnecessary cancer treatments, according to police reports in Michigan.
Detroit Police said that a local doctor has been charged with defrauding the government of tens of millions of dollars by deliberately misdiagnosed cancer patients and illegally billing Medicare for treatments.
Dr. Farid Fata remain behind bars at least until Tuesday as a third federal judge will consider whether or not to grant him any bail. He was arrested last week on charges he defrauded Medicare for millions of dollars for the administration of chemotherapy to patients, who were not sick with cancer.
Fata runs the Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has offices in Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy and Oak Park. The government said that the clinics charged Medicare more than $35 million during the last two years.
Fata earned about $24.3 million by selling cancer drugs, more than any doctor in the state of Michigan during the past two years, the FBI told a federal court.
In one case, a patient fell and hit his head inside one of Fata’s clinics, but was told he needed chemotherapy before he could be taken to a hospital, according to the FBI. The man died later of a head injury. His name was not released.
Fata’s lawyer said that all the allegations are false.
A judge had said that Fata could be released from jail under strict conditions, but prosecutors appealed the ruling. They fear that Fata will flee to his native Lebanon if he is released from prison, saying he has access to millions of dollars to fund a flight.
His attorney argued that Fata is a U.S. citizen and is not a flight risk.