Constant, unbearable pain while oncologist made millions
For years, Dr. Farid Fata of Detroit, Michigan, gave patients harmful and painful cancer treatments they did not need, all so he could bill insurance companies for the services, and in turn, put more money in his pocket. No one knows for sure how many people he tortured and killed in this way, but Fata was ultimately sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for violating the trust of more than 550 patients, and stealing $17 million from the government via fraudulent billings, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Fata told people that they had cancer when they didn’t, and in some instances, subjected them to years of needless chemotherapy and radiation. He also continued prescribing those same harmful treatments to patients he knew weren’t going to survive anyway.
His scam, which is described as one of the most egregious cases of medical fraud in history, only came to an end after one of his many physician’s assistants noticed something was very wrong about Fata’s practice, eventually discovering that the doctor had wrongfully and purposefully diagnosed a patient with cancer.
It’s been nearly a year since Fata was locked up, and his family allowed to leave the U.S. But the suffering he caused still continues. A report released by the U.S. Department of Justice includes Victim Impact Statements detailing their horrifying experiences as a result of Fata’s crimes. The writers of the statements were given the choice to include their full names, initials, or neither.
The following are just a handful of testimonies given by victims or their families.
Giving chemo and false hope to end-of-life patients and their families
◾In late December … we wanted to quit chemo. Dr. Fata ushered us right away into his private office. … He told us … in quitting the chemo we should prepare for end of life care! My Mother-in-law … decided to continue with the chemo … Feb 4th. … The doctors at HFM told us that they had never seen such high levels of … chemo in one person, that it was off the charts! … she … passed away … not even 24 hours later. … I believe that she could have had a passing more on her own terms without all the suffering from chemo. (Rene and Robert Beaupre, Daughter-in-law/Son of Patient).
◾My mother … was a patient of Farid Fata. He diagnosed her with cancer and offered her and the family false hope that she would be able to survive it. He diagnosed and treated her for ovarian and pancreatic cancer. … He said she can survive this. … She sat through countless hours of chemotherapy and several visits … in the hospital due to the dosage of chemotherapy. Fata had convinced her that it would cure her. … Farid Fata stole from my mother her ability to make the final decisions regarding her life by offering a false hope of a cure. … It was indeed pancreatic cancer [not ovarian cancer]. … After [she was informed that her pancreatic cancer was inoperable] she quickly deteriorated. … Farid Fata shortened [my] mother’s life and took away her choices by misleading her to believe she had a curable cancer. (Wendy Lukianoff, Daughter-in-law of Patient)
◾When my mom saw Fata he told her that she had cancer, but not to worry because he was … utilizing technologies that other doctors didn’t even know about … if she went through treatment with him, she had an excellent chance of being cured. …
A surgeon who had to operate on my mom, numerous times, as a result of Fata’s incorrect “treatments” told us that she needed to stop chemo because it was killing her. But Fata would come into the hospital, and lie to us, telling us chemo was her only hope, that it was actually shrinking her tumor, and that she HAD to start treatment back up as soon as she was released from the hospital if she wanted to live. …
My mom wanted to live so badly … and believed
Fata was trying to help her. (Writer Requested Anonymity, Family Member of Patient)