Key hearing for cancer doc who wants out of jail

DETROIT (AP) — Patients and family are planning to protest outside the Detroit federal courthouse as a cancer doctor tries to get out of jail while facing fraud charges.

Dr. Farid Fata and his attorney hope to persuade a judge Wednesday to lower the $9 million bond to $500,000. Prosecutors oppose any break and fear that the Oakland County man will flee to Lebanon if he wins release.

Fata is accused of misdiagnosing patients and ordering unnecessary treatments to enrich himself through Medicare and other insurance programs. The government says some patients were repeatedly exposed to powerful drugs despite having no cancer. Fata denies it.

Angry patients meet regularly to talk about their care. Some say they begged Fata to end risky treatments. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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