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July 10, 2015

Evil doc gets 45 years in the federal pen for fraudulent cancer treatments

I noted in this prior post about his upcoming sentencing, I used the term evil to describe the Michigan oncologist who pleaded guilty to mistreating cancer patients and bilking the government through false Medicare claims.  Today the doctor learned our federal criminal justuce system's response to his evil deed, as this local press account reports:

A metro Detroit cancer doctor who made nearly $20 million off hundreds of patients suffering from unneeded chemotherapy and other stunningly bad treatments was sentenced today to 45 years in federal prison.

"This is a huge, horrific series of criminal acts that were committed by the defendant," U.S. District Judge Paul Borman said, later adding that Dr. Farid Fata "practiced greed and shut down whatever compassion he had." Borman said the crimes called for "a very significant sentence for very, very terrible conduct."

Fata, 50, who openly wept in court today as he apologized for his actions, admitted to fraudulently billing Medicare, insurance companies and at least 550 patients through misdiagnoses, over-treatment and under-treatment. In some cases, he gave nearly four times the recommended dosage amount of aggressive cancer drugs; in at least one, a patient was given toxic chemotherapy for five years when the standard treatment was six months, according to former patients and experts in court this week.

"I misused my talents... because of power and greed. My quest for power is self-destructive," a sobbing Fata told the court before sentencing. He said he is "horribly ashamed of my conduct" and prays for repentance.

Defense attorney Christopher Andreoff asked Borman to sentence Fata to no more than 25 years in prison, saying even that could be a life sentence because of Fata's health. "Our recommendation will give him nothing more than a chance for release before he dies," Andreoff said.

U.S. Assistant Prosecutor Catherine Dick told the court her office has "has never seen anything like this before. ,,. And that is because of the harm."

"Fata was greedy and he wanted that money," Dick said. "What this defendant did is unquantifiable. There is no way to quantify the suffering." Dick, whose office had asked for 175-year sentence, said patients died in horrible pain from Fata's treatments.

Borman had set the sentencing guidelines to 30 years to life on Thursday based on the charges and circumstances. "My role.. is to impose a sentence sufficient but not greater than necessary," Borman said this morning.

The federal court this week heard accounts of about 22 victims, who shared unthinkable experiences of a healthy adult undergoing chemotherapy and losing nearly all his teeth, of a patient diagnosed with lung cancer when he had kidney cancer, and more. Some statements were read by family members of patients who died. Some patients with no documented iron deficiencies were given overwhelming amounts of iron, while others were given lower-than-needed doses of chemotherapy drugs, experts testified.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade previously called his case the "the most egregious" health care fraud case her office has seen.

Fata pleaded guilty in September to 13 counts of health care fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiring to pay and receive kickbacks. The case involves $34.7 million in billings to patients and insurance companies, and $17.6 million paid for work Fata admitted was unnecessary.

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for his crimes, hard to disagree with that sentence though if he's decrepit in this 80s, little point of keeping him in a regular prison

Posted by: Joe | Jul 10, 2015 2:28:38 PM

A CROSS-POST

The spirit of Dr. Josef Mengele lives on in Michigan , albeit in apparently only one ♂ •

I am more concerned with the lying to and cheating on his patient victims , than his skimming of mega$ from the government •

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady in Oregon | Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady in Oregon | Jul 11, 2015 11:53:10 AM

When he gets released from prison deport him to where ever he came from.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jul 11, 2015 5:00:46 PM

He would be in his 90s if he served his full sentence but anyway is a naturalized American citizen.

I don't believe you are allowed to deport such people.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 12, 2015 12:41:50 PM

He may not survive that long anway. Most white collar types who are hit with multi-decade sentences essentially are shut out from their peer groups and shunted to race-based, gang-based prison populations that despise intelligence (except in "jailhouse lawyers"). It is amazing that the myth of the "country club prison" is still propogated in TV crime shows.

Posted by: Eric Knight | Jul 12, 2015 2:28:47 PM

What does The Donald have to say about this immigrant?

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jul 14, 2015 4:58:55 AM

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