Michigan cancer doctor who misdiagnosed patients won't get change of venue

Dr. Farid Fata wants taxpayers to pay for legal bills

DETROIT - The cancer doctor accused of purposely misdiagnosing patients so that he could collect more money from Medicare won't get his trial moved out of southeastern Michigan. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman made the ruling Tuesday to keep Dr. Farid Fata's fraud trial in Detroit federal court. 

Fata and his attorney's filed for a change of venue in April, claiming there is community prejudice. Fata said his case has been in the media way too much and it's damaged his chances of getting a fair trial.

A quick Google of Fata produces more than 380,000 hits. There are thousands of comments about the case, some even referring to Fata as "the death doctor."

According to Fata's attorneys, the case is just too high profile to find 12 impartial jurors in Michigan.

Fata was not only trying to get his upcoming trial rescheduled, he wants the taxpayers to pay his legal bills.

The lavish life of Fata came crashing down when the feds exposed his alleged dirty health care scam, purposely misdiagnosing cancer patients to collect millions of dollars in Medicare.

After being arrested, Fata had access to more than $9 million. Now the doctor says after his legal fees, he's tapped out and needs a court-appointed attorney.

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