Doctor Faces 175 Years After Pleading Guilty To Ordering Unnecessary Cancer Treatments For Hundreds Of Victims

2A446FD900000578-0-image-a-35_1436175585124There are few felons who can top the pain caused by so many victims as Dr. Farid Fata, who is facing a demand by prosecutors for a 175-year sentence for sending hundreds of healthy patients into unnecessary cancer treatments.

Some 553 patients were given the unnecessary cancer treatments to 553 patients before Fata was arrested in 2013. He was accused of $35 million in Medicare fraud. He pleaded guilty in the fall to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges.

Absent the plea, some of the cases might have produced some challenging evidentiary burdens. Some of the patients had cancer but were over treated while some received the wrong treatment for their type of cancer. Those could be defended as malpractice but not fraud. However, there appeared to be enough evidence of knowing fraud to force Fata to throw in the towel on trial.

The trial itself would have allowed patients to recount how they suffered organ damage as a result of unnecessary treatment. Moreover, these victims had to tell their loved ones that they had cancer and prepare their families for their possible deaths. One man lost a testicle and came close to kidney failure due to the unnecessary treatment.

What most concerns me are accounts of people complaining as early as 2010 with no action taken to shutdown this doctor.

In the meantime, the defense counsel is seeking a limit on victim’s statements for sentencing — a difficult proposition for a court in cutting off the right of victims to speak about their loss and pain.

Another interesting aspect of this case is how to handle the civil liability. He presumably had insurance coverage but the sheer number of cases presents a daunting problem for courts. This would seem a good case for special management like a mass tort situation where a court can administer the claims while reducing the litigation costs. Since liability is obvious, it would be unfair to see these victims paying either full contingency fees or high hourly rates for victims of 30 percent or more. Ideally, these claims can be administered through a single court. However, the insurance company may wish to contest some cases as properly diagnosed. That could lead to litigation in those marginal cases.

179 thoughts on “Doctor Faces 175 Years After Pleading Guilty To Ordering Unnecessary Cancer Treatments For Hundreds Of Victims”

  1. If you hear someone call them “undocumented immigrants” then you know they’re a left wing idiot.

    1. Nick – they are rarely undocumented. They have plenty of documents, most of them fraudulent or stolen.

  2. Has anyone noticed the Orwellian “undocumented immigrant.” It’s ILLEGAL immigrant or alien!! I heard a reporter use this imbecilic phrase, “He is an undocumented immigrant here illegally.” WTF?? I am a strong supporter of law abiding immigrants. All 4 of my grandparents were immigrants. And, legal immigrants despise the felonious illegals here just like the vast majority of Americans. Only the hardcore left idiots are on the side of criminal illegals.

  3. from Karen @ 7:33

    Then there is the terrible scandal of CA offering Obamacare to illegal aliens, which Obama swore so faithfully would not happen

    False. False. False. False. False.

  4. We are talking about illegal immigrants and healthcare benefits because your buddy, Karen, said Obama shamefully was providing them with healthcare benefits.

    She is terribly, horribly, stupidly, wrong, wrong, wrong.

    I’m not in favor of spreading untruths.

    Are you in favor of spreading untruths?

    1. doctoryes – you are the one who is telling untruths. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      But while federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid, a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor pays about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants. Most of it goes to reimburse hospitals for delivering babies for women who show up in their emergency rooms, according to interviews with hospital officials and studies.

  5. Big Bank Enablers?

    I wonder how many are Republicans.

    Are big bank enablers illegal, too?

    I bet those bankers are rich. I think there are many of your pals here who celebrate the rich.

    Why don’t you like rich people?

    Why are you worried about bankers?

  6. @Doctoryes

    True. we are not talking about guns. We are talking about the form of your argument. Read above. Why are we having this conversation about illegal aliens getting benefits in the first place? The government doesn’t officially SANCTION being an illegal alien? Obviously there is no link between what Government sanctions, and what happens in the real world.

    C’mon, strain your brain and think. This is probably as close as you are going to get to breaking out of your mental rut.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. Nor are we talking about Holder?

    Why do you want to talk about these things?

    Where is the government site that says illegal immigrants are eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare?

  8. Holder went to work for his old law firm. What’s the problem? Are they a bunch of commies? A bunch of African Americans?

  9. @Doctoryes

    The government does not SANCTION ex-felons having guns. Do ex-felons have guns??? Yes, and lots of them. They seldom get prosecuted for it.

    Arguably, does the government officially SANCTION illegal aliens? Yet, what are we talking about??? Millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS, and their obtaining benefits.

    If you were correct, and simply stating the law, entails the presumption the law is being followed- – -then why are we having this conversation??? Because there would be very few illegal aliens. DUH!!! The fact that we are having this discussion proves that your premise is wrong.

    Criminy, pull your head out of your rear end!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  10. @doctoryes

    You said, “The government does not sanction thievery.”


    True, maybe it doesn’t affirmatively sanction thievery, but it doesn’t do much to stop it, either.

    For example, look and see where Eric Holder just went to work. You need to leave Sunday School and take a look at the real world.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  11. Now that everyone has crawled out of their little hidey holes, no one has linked to a United States or State government website that states illegal immigrants are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid (exceptions noted) or Obamacare.

    Fraud and thievery are not sanctioned by the US government.

  12. Sqeek

    You must be one of those reality tv watchers that Spinelli is always talking about.

  13. If you are in danger of dying or in labor, the ER will give you top priority. Otherwise, there are forms to be filled out and questions about insurance, insurance cards, address, employment, proof of ability to pay if uninsured, etc. A social security card will not cut it.

    Yes, thieves are everywhere. That is a different problem. The government does not sanction thievery.

  14. @doctoryes

    You said, “Those who cannot differentiate between Breitbart and the LA Times are beyond saving. Post whatever garbage you prefer. Those with brains will discern the distinction. I care little for what the stupid choose to believe.”

    Let me translate that for you!

    “I don’t like facts that disagree with my opinions, sooo I will just imply that you and your sources are really, really stupid! That way I don’t have to deal with INCONVENIENT TRUTHS!”

    You’re welcome!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  15. A social security card is insufficient to allow one to register to vote.

  16. @Doctoryes

    Learn to deal with the fact that people quite often don’t obey the law. A glaring example for you—Federal and state law generally prohibits an ex-felon from possessing a firearm. Hmmm, therefore no ex-felons have firearms??? You know better than that.

    Now, take the law on illegals and medical care. They aren’t supposed to get it unless either emergency, or for labor. How many hospital ERs do you reckon code stuff as an “emergency”??? Remember, fraud is rampant in Medicaid and Medicare. From above, about 3 million illegals have a fake SS card. Are their costs coded to “illegals”, or does it just never show up?

    Use some common sense and quit trying to cherry pick data for whatever reinforces your pre-existing prejudices. You are no different than the old Slave holders, who brought millions of slaves into this country without ever worrying about how it would affect the country at large, or their descendants. They had their justifications, too. If you have kids, and grandkids, they are likely to live in a third world hellhole because of your inability to think clearly and use common sense.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  17. Darren

    Fraud and thievery is not part of the government’s program or policy.

  18. Those who cannot differentiate between Breitbart and the LA Times are beyond saving. Post whatever garbage you prefer. Those with brains will discern the distinction. I care little for what the stupid choose to believe.

    1. doctoryes wrote: “Anyone who disputes my position on what healthcare is provided to illegal immigrants will kindly provide a link from the LA Times or a United States government web site that says that illegals are legally receiving healthcare benefits from the United States government or California.”

      In other words, you will not read sources except those that are biased in the direction of your own prejudice. It is not wise to limit yourself to left wing sources.

      Note that while you gloss over emergency care, it is a very exploited method. Emergency care is as simple was a sick person walking into an emergency room. Most of the homeless all over this nation know this trick. It continues to work for them.

      Following is one article from the LA Times that mentions ways that an illegal immigrant can obtain health care.

      Student health plans. Many colleges and universities require students to either buy their school’s health insurance policy or show proof of other coverage. Immigration status is generally not questioned when students apply, and the plans are affordable.

      Employer-based health insurance. … People without legal status in the U.S. are sometimes hired by companies that offer employee health benefits, and they are generally able to sign up without having to show proof of their immigration status.

      Medi-Cal coverage. The state provides a full range of low-cost healthcare options for poor Californians, and some of those Medi-Cal benefits are available regardless of a person’s immigration status. For instance, emergency care, pregnancy-related services and, when needed, state-funded long-term care can be obtained.

      In addition, a 2012 federal law provides temporary work authorization and relief from deportation to undocumented children and young adults who arrived in the U.S. before turning 16. It’s part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals law, known as DACA. Undocumented immigrants who qualify — mostly people younger than 31 who attend school — are eligible.

      The Affordable Care Act bars undocumented immigrants from access to Medicaid, but California allows those with DACA status to sign up for Medi-Cal.

      “In California if you meet income requirements, DACA-eligible youth are covered by Medi-Cal,” says Steven Lopez, health policy expert at the National Council of La Raza, a Washington-based Latino advocacy group. A recent University of California study estimated that roughly 125,000 Californians qualify for this help.

      Community health centers. Funded in part by federal grant money, roughly 1,200 health centers operate around the country. These federally qualified centers provide primary healthcare, dental, mental health and pharmacy services. They treat all comers without concern for immigration status or ability to pay for care.

      These clinics “have been a critical role in providing that safety net level of care and will continue to do so especially for those who remain uninsured because of their immigration status or other reasons,” Lopez says.

      There are also many low-cost and free community clinics that provide services on a sliding scale.

      State-based health programs. Unlike most states, California makes a number of health programs available to low-income residents regardless of immigration status. Services vary by county.

      Healthy Way L.A. Unmatched. This program provides primary care for uninsured patients, including immigrants without legal status. Many counties also offer special health programs and services for children. Local county health departments can provide residents with detailed information.

      In addition, Kaiser Permanente offers a Child Health Program for uninsured California children younger than 19 who don’t have access to Medi-Cal or other coverage, regardless of immigration status. Coverage costs between zero and $20 per child per month.

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