Cancer doc’s guilty plea to fraud should stand, judge says

Farid Fata accused of misdiagnosing patients for profit gain

DETROIT – A judge says a Detroit-area doctor who put cancer patients through needless treatments should not be allowed to withdraw his 2014 guilty plea.

Farid Fata insists he got bad advice from his lawyer. Fata says he was assured he’d get a shorter sentence if he pleaded guilty to fraud and cooperated with the government.

But the government didn’t seek his cooperation. Fata is serving a 45-year prison term. His lawyer denies telling Fata that he could get him a 20-year sentence. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Grand says Fata “pleaded guilty for many reasons.”