Michigan doctor faces federal indictment for unneeded cancer treatments

Aug 14, 2013

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A Detroit-area doctor is facing a federal grand jury indictment charging him with health care fraud. 

Farid Fata owns seven cancer clinics in southeastern Michigan.

He's accused of giving chemotherapy and other medicine to patients who did not have cancer, and then billing Medicare for those treatments.

The indictment says Fata submitted over $150 million in claims to Medicare. Over $62 million was paid to Fata's company between 2010 and last month.

His bond was set at $9 million this week after a judge determined Fata is a flight risk.

If convicted, Fata faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.