DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A few dozen former patients or family members stepped off a bus at Detroit federal court Monday to attend the sentencing of a cancer doctor who admits giving unnecessary treatments to more than 500 people.
A judge, beginning Monday morning, will hear testimony from experts and victims before sending Dr. Farid Fata to prison.
Fata in September pleaded guilty to committing millions of dollars in fraud against insurance companies and patients.
Prosecutors are seeking a 175-year prison sentence for the doctor, while attorneys for the Oakland County man are asking for no more than 25 years.
Some of Fata’s patients were allegedly exposed to powerful drugs over and over, despite having no cancer. In an indictment, prosecutors said Fata gave one of his patients 155 chemo treatments over two-and-a-half years — even though the patient was cancer-free. Other patients, the government said, were pumped with unnecessary blood therapy and iron treatments.
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