Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Local Oncologist Charged with Medicare Fraud

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Yet another Michigan doctor has been brought up by the FBI on charges of Medicare fraud this past Tuesday. Although this seems like an unfortunate regular occurrence nowadays, this specific case is one of the worst our state has seen.

Dr. Farid Fata, a 48-year-old oncologist from Oakland Township, was arrested Tuesday morning for submitting over $35 million worth of false claims to Medicare. Despite this large fraud, however, the FBI are alleging even worse crimes than cheating Medicare.  In their criminal complaint against Fata, the FBI states he “administered unnecessary chemotherapy to patients in remission.” As shocking as it sounds, not only was Fata fraudulently billing Medicare for his own benefit, but he was abusing the trust and confidence of his cancer patients.

The FBI said that Fata deliberately misdiagnosed patients with cancer so he could bill them for chemotherapy and that he told cancer-free patients who had entered remission that they were still in need of chemotherapy medications. While it is unclear whether Fata’s actions resulted in any severe medical issues or deaths at this point, the FBI is not ruling out the possibilities.

With over $14 million in liquid assets and a house in Lebanon, the FBI considers Fata a flight risk and are holding him until his hearing date arrives. For his current charges he faces up to 20 years behind bars if he is convicted.

If you or someone you know is the target of a fraud investigation, or if you have already been indicted, contact the experienced team of fraud attorneys at Fausone Bohn, LLP, at (248) 380-0000 or online at 

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