US wants cancer doctor’s bond upped to $9 million

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors want a judge to set a $9 million bond in the case of a Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients.

A magistrate judge said Dr. Farid Fata could be released from jail under strict conditions. But the U.S. attorney’s office is appealing, saying Fata may flee the country.

In a filing Monday, prosecutors say they want the current $170,000 bond increased to $9 million and that it come from a “legitimate, and not illegitimate, source.”

In his filing, defense lawyer Christopher Andreoff requests “a reasonable cash bond that” Fata can post.

Detroit federal Judge Sean Cox will hold a hearing Tuesday.

The government says Fata ripped off Medicare for millions by giving chemotherapy to patients who didn’t need it and diagnosing cancer when the illness wasn’t apparent.