Doctor accused of misdiagnosing cancer for Medicare dollars worked in Lapeer

Dr. Farid Fata has been accused of medicare fraud.

A Detroit-Area cancer specialist accused of misdiagnosing patients has done work for McLaren in Lapeer in the past.

Dr. Farid Fata was a consultant with McLaren Lapeer Region, though hospital officials say that he has not seen a patient there in three years.

The government accuses Dr. Fata of ripping off Medicare by falsely diagnosing cancer in patients and administering chemotherapy. Prosecutors say the false diagnoses him to make millions of dollars in fees.

Recently bond for Dr. Fata was set at $170,000.

Prosecutors want the judge to raise that amount to $9 million saying that Fata is a flight risk. Prosecutors also say the money has to come from a "legitimate, and not illegitimate, source."

Fata's defense lawyer, Christopher Andreoff, has requested a "reasonable cash bond."

A hearing will be held in federal court on Tuesday.

Tonight on NBC25 at 6, Walter Smith-Randolph speaks with McLaren officials about Dr. Fata and his time in their Lapeer facility.