Cancer is a terrible disease that everyone knows someone who has it. It’s very sad how cancer can be much worse because of the life-altering treatments that often follow, like radiation and chemotherapy. Depending on the cancer treatments, some of them are less aggressive, more advanced, and not as invasive. We really put a huge amount of faith in doctors to guide us in the right direction. So, what happens when world-renowned doctors, weaken that faith and break that trust?
That is exactly what happened to hundreds of patients when one doctor who is a liar came uncovered for the world to see in 2013.
Dr. Farid Fata: When a Trusted Authority in Cancer Treatment Lies
Dr. Farid Fata in an oncologist in Michigan who of operated numerous upscale clinics in Detroit-area suburbs. But he didn’t care for the patients. In 2013, he was accused of and arrested for giving cancer treatment drugs to patients who did not didn’t even have cancer or didn’t need them.
“Dr. Fata did not care for patients; he exploited them as commodities,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a news release. “He over-treated, under-treated and outright lied to patients about whether they had cancer so that he could maximize his own profits.”
Noting that chemotherapy is toxic to both cancerous and healthy tissue, McQuade said Fata “gave poison to these people not to keep them alive but to make money.”
In September 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman pronounced Fada for guilty to 13 healthcare and financial fraud charges and ordered to forfeit $17,600,000. Fata admitted to prescribing and administering unnecessary cancer treatments like infusion therapies and chemotherapy o 553 patients so he could make more money, which totaled about $34,000,000 to private insurance companies and Medicare.
“I have violated the Hippocratic oath and violated the trust of my patients,” Fata said, according to CNN affiliate WDIV. “I do not know how I can heal the wound. I do not know how to express the sorrow and the shame.”
“They came to me seeking compassion and care. I failed them,” said Fata in a tear-choked voice. “My sins are many.”
“Patients were not people. They were profit centers,” federal prosecutors told Fata, describing him as the “most egregious fraudster in the history of this country.”
Almost everyone from Fata’s victims was wearing bright yellow clothes to his sentencing. The yellow was symbolizing the last day he would see sunlight.
45 YEARS BEHIND BARS
“This is the most egregious case of fraud and deception that I have seen in my career,” said Chief Weber. “Dr. Fata not only defrauded the government out of millions of dollars, but he lied to his patients about their health and intentionally put their lives at risk. In fact, because of his lies, some of those patients who he was entrusted to care for likely died as a result of his actions. This defendant greedily cared more about his own financial well-being than the lives of his patients. This disgusting and diabolical scheme has hurt hundreds of patients and their families and stolen from them something that no punishment from the court can do to make them whole.”
Words from Fata’s Patients
Dr. Fata was sent to prison for 45 years. This case is one of the worse cases of deception and fraud. “Dr. Fata lied to his patients about their health and intentionally put their life at risk, and that’s not the end. He even defrauded the government out of millions of dollars. This doctor cared more about his own financial well-being than the lives of his patients. This disgusting scheme has hurt hundreds of patients and their families. Dr. Fata has stolen from them something that no punishment from the court can make them whole again.