ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., (WXYZ) - A doctor accused of misdiagnosing and administering unnecessary and often painful and dangerous treatments is expected to face a judge Thursday.
The judge will decide whether Dr. Farid Fata should be given a bond. Prosecutors are expected to say he has access to millions of dollars, has a home in Lebanon, and is a flight risk. His defense attorneys are expected to say the allegations aren't proven, that the doctor has 3 children and ties to the community, and will not flee.
Tuesday Federal agents arrested 48-year-old Dr. Farid Fata of Oakland Township at his Rochester Hills practice. Fata was charged with healthcare fraud for his alleged role in a $35 million scheme to submit false claims to Medicare for treatments that were medically unnecessary.
According to a complaint, Dr. Fata practices at his Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers in Clarkston, Bloomfield HIlls, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy, and Oak Park.
In some cases he is accused of administering chemotherapy to patients who had no real chance of survival. In other cases he is accused of misdiagnosing patients so he could charge Medicare for expensive treatments.
Several of Fata's patients have come forward to share their stories, including this widow whose husband was treated by Fata. She wants to ask him one question; “How dare you mess with people’s lives and play God?”
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