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.

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