Doctor to be sentenced May 15
Detroit — Convicted cancer doctor Farid Fata will learn his fate May 18 when he is sentenced for crimes related to his practice as a popular oncologist, including giving treatments to patients who didn’t need them.
Fata pleaded guilty in federal court in September to 16 counts in the case, including filing fraudulent Medicare claims.
Fata 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 on his admission he solicited kickbacks from Guardian Angel Hospice and Guardian Angel Home Health Care for referring patients to the facilities.
Fata had been set to go to trial in October before he pleaded guilty.
Fata is accused of bilking Medicare out of about $91 million.
Many of his ex-patients and family members of former patients say they wanted to see Fata go to trial, while others said they just wanted him to admit to his crimes.
Fata, whose primary practice was in Rochester Hills, had four more metro clinics where he saw patients.