Dr. Farid Fata, whose picture is in the linked article in the Detroit News, pleaded guilty to diagnosing people with cancer, and giving them high doses of chemotherapy, in essence poisoning them, when in fact they did not have cancer. His is the face of pure evil in health care.
The author, Oralandar Brand-Williams, wrote that Fata “...was accused in August 2013 by federal authorities of giving chemotherapy to patients who didn’t have cancer as part of an alleged scheme to bilk millions out of Medicare. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to health care fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to give or receive kickbacks.”
Fraud? Money laundering? Conspiracy? Sounds more like a RICO case than medical harm. Is the right word for this “Medical Mafia”?
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.”
Let’s hope he gets the full package. But my question is why wasn’t he on trial for assault, poisoning his patients, and murder? Did the prosecution team have no spine?
Furthermore, a whistleblower exposed him to the authorities in 2010. They didn’t incarcerate him until 2013! Are Detroit Feds really that slow? How many people continued to be poisoned in the interim years?
BTW: He collected $139 MILLION from Medicare before being stopped.
How about setting up a special task force to go after the medical mafia? A good place to start would be to look at doctors who’ve collected over $130M in chemo claims from Medicare. Maybe a little audit would be in order?
Was this mutt in PPO networks? If so why? People in his office had to know this was going on. Why aren’t they being prosecuted?
Overdosing patients with chemotherapy is nothing new, but usually at least they have cancer. Narrow networks can help prevent this.
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