You are supposed to be able to trust your doctor. They literally hold your life in their hands whenever you go in to see them. But sometimes doctors can be just as crooked as your local drug dealer posted up on the corner.
Take the case of Dr. Farid Fata of Michigan. In September 2014, the former well-respected Oakland County, Michigan doctor pleaded guilty to intentionally poisoning his patients with unnecessary chemotherapy and radiation treatments for false cancer diagnoses, all in the name of making money.
Doctors giving out false diagnoses in order to make a profit is not a new trend according to retired oncologist, Dr. Sayed Mohammed, “Many of these unscrupulous physicians are like businessmen without a conscience. The only difference is they have your health and trust in their hands–a very dangerous combination when money is involved.”
Fata was eventually charged with defrauding Medicare for over $17 million, but it’s not the money that has people up in arms, it’s the fact that people actually died on his watch.
Many people were calling for a life sentence for Fata, but in the end he received 45 years in prison. Many people, especially his victims, don’t think that this was enough.
When Fata appeared in court this past January, he apparently looked thin and frail, and his baldness did nothing to help his image. Some said he was starting to resemble his many patients who underwent cancer treatment when they didn’t have to.
“I’d like to grab hold of a needle … and give him a little juice,” said 55-year-old Terri Mitchell, who was one of hundreds of patients who suffered under Dr. Fata.
Fata started running his fake cancer scheme sometime in 2009. From that year until he was eventually stopped he had received over $62 million from government funded Medicare, of which $17 million was fraudulently billed.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office had originally found 553 victims of Fata’s scheme, but to date over 763 claims have been filed. Considering that Fata’s practices (seven locations) treated over 17,000 patients, this number could grow significantly.
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