Sentencing for cancer doctor delayed

The Detroit News

Convicted cancer doctor Farid Fata will have to wait to learn how long he'll spend in prison for crimes related to his practice as a popular oncologist, including giving treatments to patients who didn't need them.

Sentencing for Fata was scheduled for May 18, but that has been canceled, according to U.S. District Court records. Judge Paul D. Borman scheduled a new hearing date for 9 a.m. July 6 and to end no later than July 20, according to the court docket.

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In September, Fata pleaded guilty in federal court to 16 counts, including filing fraudulent Medicare claims.

He faces up to 175 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the health care fraud counts and up to 20 years and a $500,000 fine for money laundering. He also faces fines after admitting he solicited kickbacks from Guardian Angel Hospice and Guardian Angel Home Health Care for referring patients to the facilities.

Fata, who had been set to go to trial before he pleaded guilty, is accused of bilking Medicare out of about $91 million.

Many of his ex-patients and family members of former patients said they wanted to see Fata go to trial, while others said they just wanted him to admit to his crimes.

Fata has been in federal custody since August 2013, after federal agents raided his Michigan hematology-oncology clinics and his Oakland Township home.