A Detroit doctor who was dubbed by authorities as the most offensive fraudster in the history of the country has been sentenced 45 years in prison.
The Doctor used to give cancer treatment drugs to patients who did not need them and got hefty kickbacks in return.
Dr Farid Fata pleaded guilty of giving cancer treatment to patients who did not need them. He even told some patients that they had a terminal cancer was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
He had pleaded guilty to thirteen counts of Medicare Fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay, two counts of money laundering.
Federal prosecutors did not mince words and described as one of the most offensive fraudsters and for him patients were not people but profit centers.
Fata was forced to forfeit $17.6 million which he had obtained dubiously from Medicare and private insurance companies. In all 553 patients were given medicines, infusions and injections unnecessarily.
The Doctor in an emotional apology to the court said that he was ashamed of his deeds. He cited the Hippocratic Oath and said he had violated the trust of his patients.
However, his apology did not cut much ice with his victims. Dozens of his victims had filed the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan all through the week to watch his sentencing.
Many patients will have to live with the adverse effects of the unnecessary treatment for the rest of their lives.
The wife of one of his former patient said that he must be tortured till his last breath. Another patient Robert Sobieray was diagnosed as having cancer and was given chemotherapy for two and a half years when he did not have cancer.
The chemotherapy after effects made him physically sick, and he also lost all his teeth. Sobieray said he lost all his teeth, but the chemotherapy bills were so hefty that he cannot afford to have a new set of teeth.
Her also mourned that he can never have a good meal ever and cannot eat a lot of things that he loved.