Terry Spurlock, right, of Holly, Mich., a former patient of Dr. Farid Fata, speaks with his wife Nikii outside federal court, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Dr. Farid Fata, 50, has pled guilty to fraud after lying to his patients and insurance companies to line his pockets, and could face a 175-year prison sentence.Fata had allegedly prescribed over 9,000 unnecessary injections and infusions to more than 500 patients over a six-year period and received $62 million from medicare.Fata faces the possibility of a 175-year prison sentence, but his attorneys want that lowered to 25 years, the Detroit Free Press reported.Fata had diagnosed the patient with lung cancer although a biopsy showed he had a form of kidney cancer.Fata was indicted in 2013 on a charge of health care fraud and admitted last year to "intentionally and wrongfully diagnosing healthy people with cancer and giving them chemotherapy drugs for the purpose of making a profit".In 2014, he pleaded guilty to 13 counts of health care fraud, two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to pay and receive bribes. In total, Dr. Fata has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of medicare-related fraud.
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