Cancer doc pleads guilty to cancer treatment fraud

Sep 16, 2014 3:32 PM by News Staff

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area cancer specialist has pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges and admits he gave patients unneeded treatments before billing Medicare and other insurers.

Dr. Farid Fata pleaded guilty Tuesday to 13 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy and two counts of money laundering.

He had been scheduled to go on trial next month. There was no plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

Fata's trial was set for Oct. 14. He owned Michigan Hematology Oncology, which had many offices in suburban Detroit.

He told U.S. District Judge Paul Borman that he ordered treatments for patients knowing they were unnecessary and then submitted insurance claims.

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