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  • Dr. Farid Fata will remain behind bars  until trial after $9m bond revoked
  • The oncologist ‘systematically defrauded  Medicare by submitting false claims for services that were medically  unnecessary,’ authorities say
  • Woman claims her mother died of kidney  failure after too much chemo
  • He is facing 20 years in  jail

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 17:02 EST, 2  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 18:03 EST, 2 October 2013

A Michigan oncologist charged with  intentionally misdiagnosing patients with cancer as part of a major Medicare  fraud operation will remain in prison until trial, with court officials scared  he will flee to the Middle East.

Dr Farid Fata – who is accused of ordering  unnecessary treatments for his patients, such as chemotherapy, to enrich himself  through insurance programs – made an application in the federal court to have  his bond reduced from $9 million to $500,000 so he could leave prison, where he  has been held since August 6.

However the move backfired for the  45-year-old, who works out of metropolitan Detroit, with a judge today removing  Fata’s bond completely, based on the ‘serious risk’ he would leave America for  his native country, Lebanon, if given the chance.

Scam: Dr. Farid Fata is accused of administering cancer treatment to people who didn't need it to scam Medicare Scam: Dr. Farid Fata is accused of administering cancer  treatment to people who didn’t need it to scam Medicare out of millions of  dollars


The prosecution successfully claimed that not  all of Fata’s considerable assets had been seized since his arrest and that he  could fund a trip overseas for himself and his wife.

‘We can’t be sure how much money he has out  there,’ prosecutor Catherine Dick said .

It is alleged Fata received about $35 million  from Medicare via his insurance scam over a two year period.

“Obviously there is a presumption of  innocence … but the court feels there is a serious risk of flight,’ U.S.  District Judge, Paul Borman, said.

‘The charges are serious.’

Defense attorney Christopher Andreoff,  however, argued Fata should be confined to his home with an electronic  monitor.

Andreoff said it’s also difficult to prepare  for trial when Fata is being held at a federal prison in Milan, 50 miles  southwest of Detroit.

‘I need my client to explain the significance  of all the medical records,’ Andreoff said.


Demonstrators protest at the Detroit federal courthouse  today against indicted cancer doctor Farid Fata, who has been jailed since  August on multiple counts of Medicare fraud and affecting the lives of many  patients and their families


The government alleges that Fata exposed  numerous patients to powerful cancer-fighting drugs when they didn’t have  cancer, which he denies.

Outside court today about a dozen people  protested his possible release.

Signs read,’Without fail Fata will jump bail’  and ‘No bond for death doctor’.

One woman, Michelle Mannarino held a sign  with a picture of her late mother, Joan Donohue, 76, and the message, “I trusted  him once with her life.”

Mannarino said Fata insisted on months of  chemotherapy even after her mother’s breast cancer was in remission. Donohue  died of kidney failure in 2010.

‘I believe we’d still have her today,’  Mannarino said.

History: Oncology nurse Angela Swantek says she complained to investigators about Fata in 2010 

History: Oncology nurse Angela Swantek says she  complained to investigators about Fata in 2010


Angela Swantek, an oncology nurse who spent  time at one of Fata’s clinics,  told ABC News that she first complained to  investigators about Fata’s  alleged wrongdoings as far back as 2010.

‘I don’t know how he’s gotten away with it  for this long,’ she told ABC  News. ‘I was disgusted. I got in the car, I was  still sitting in the  parking lot and I was truly almost in tears just because  of what I saw  and how patients were getting their chemotherapy.’

Fata’s attorney, Christopher Andreoff, says  the government is wrong and that his client is not guilty of  anything.

‘The government has not retained an expert to  give an opinion that there was a mistreatment, or misdiagnosis, or unnecessary  tests given to any  patient,’ he said.

A February 4 trial date has been set, but  that could change after an update hearing in December.

If convicted, Fata faces up to 20 years in  jail

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