A grand jury has filed 13 additional charges against Dr. Farid Fata, the oncologist from Rochester Hills-based Michigan Hematology Oncology, PC, who is accused of giving unnecessary treatments to patients, according to an AP report.
According to the report, the charges against the doctor from Lebanon include fraud, conspiracy to receive kickbacks and fraud during the citizenship process. If convicted of committing fraud when he applied for U.S. citizenship in 2008, he could lose his U.S. citizenship, the report indicated.
Fata is accused of administering chemotherapy and iron, among other treatments, to patients who were not in need. In one case, the government alleges, one patient who did not have cancer received 155 chemo threatments.
On Thursday, former patients of Fata and their families met in Rochester Hills to strategize reaching out to elected officials in an attempt to provide more oversight in the medical field. Fata was reported to the state medical board in 2010 after a chemotherapy nurse visiting the facility noticed irregularities with prescribed treatments, but no violations of the Public Health Code were found and no disciplinary action was taken.
Fata has been in federal custody for six weeks following his Aug. 6 arrest. A judge will consider lowering his bail at an Oct. 2 hearing.