DETROIT Federal authorities say a suburban Detroit doctor has been charged with fraud in a scheme to milk millions from the Medicare program for unnecessary cancer treatments.
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday says Dr. Farid Fata ordered chemotherapy for patients in remission and deliberately misdiagnosed patients as having cancer.
In one case, the government says a patient fell and hit his head at Fata's clinic but was told he needed chemotherapy before he could be taken to a hospital for the head injury. The man later died.
Fata was in court with his attorney, Christopher Andreoff. Neither could immediately be reached for comment.
Fata owns Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers, which has offices in Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy and Oak Park.