A judge has ruled to increase bond to $9 million for a Detroit-area cancer specialist who is accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients.
Prosecutors wanted federal Judge Sean Cox to increase Dr. Farid Fata's $170,000 bond to $9 million because they fear he has the money on-hand and may try to flee the country to Lebanon. Judge Cox ruled to increase the bond during a hearing on Tuesday.
There were some people who stood outside the courthouse with posters supporting Fata, one of which told Local 4 they were an actual patient of his.
Defense lawyer Christopher Andreoff wanted a reasonable cash bond for Fata. He says Fata is a U.S. citizen and not a flight risk.
The government says Fata ripped off Medicare for millions by giving chemotherapy to patients who didn't need it and diagnosing cancer when the illness wasn't apparent.
Fata owns and operates Michigan Hematology Oncology Centers (MHO) which has offices in Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy and Oak Park.
Prosecutors want a total prohibition -- a total shutdown -- of his facilities.
Doctors and nurses who worked with Fata told federal agents Fata often gave patients doses of medication they didn't need at toxic levels, treated them in office settings as opposed to hospitals and had what is referred to as "interns" or foreign doctors treat a high number of patients.
A magistrate judge has said Fata could be released from jail under strict conditions.
--Fata's Oakland Township home has been raided by federal agents
If you or someone you know may be a victim, you are urged to call the U.S. Attorney's office patient hotline at 1-888-702-0553.