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Monday, 12 August 2013 11:31

U.S. wants cancer doctor's bond upped to $9 million

DETROIT (AP) - Prosecutors want a judge to set a $9 million bond in the case of a Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients. A magistrate judge said Dr. Farid Fata could be released from jail under strict conditions. But the U.S. attorney's office is appealing, saying Fata may flee the country. In a filing Monday, prosecutors say they want the current $170,000 bond increased to $9 million and that it come from a "legitimate, and not illegitimate, source." In his filing, defense lawyer Christopher Andreoff requests "a reasonable cash bond that" Fata can post. Detroit federal Judge Sean Cox will hold a hearing Tuesday. 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 owned Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has offices in Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Lapeer, Sterling Heights, Troy and Oak Park. The government says the clinics billed $35 million to Medicare over 2-years.