Physician Farid Fata, MD will serve 45 years in prison and pay over $17 million after he told numerous patients that they had cancer and administered medically unnecessary chemotherapy drugs.
Prosecutors were pushing for a much heavier sentence for Fata, 175 years behind bars for the Hematologist-oncologist. Prosecutors say that Fata used his medical degree to violate the trust of his patients, give them unwarranted and dangerous treatments and to defraud Medicare in order to take advantage of patients and profit from it.
Even Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) commented on the callousness of Fata’s actions in the case. “This is the most egregious case of fraud and deception that I have seen in my career,” he said, then added, “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.”
Every patient has the right to quality healthcare being given by their physician or healthcare facility or hospital. Healthcare providers are required to adhere to a set of standards of care and when it comes to matters of behavior and ethics. Most doctors and healthcare providers adhere to these standards. Blatant misdiagnoses and calling for medically unnecessary treatments for profit such as what Dr. Fata did is clearly medical malpractice. This physician and other healthcare professionals who don’t adhere to a standard of care should be held fully accountable for their actions.
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