UPDATE 2:20 p.m. – CBS News reporter Dean Reynolds is in court today covering the story. You can see his report at 6:30 p.m. on the CBS Evening News.
DETROIT (AP) – Patients and their relatives will be giving an earful to a Detroit-area cancer doctor who admits ordering excessive treatments to get millions of dollars from insurers.
Roughly two dozen victims are signed up to give statements on Tuesday in Detroit federal court. It’s all part of the sentencing for Dr. Farid Fata, who pleaded guilty last year to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.
The government says more than 500 people received unnecessary treatments from Fata, including some people who didn’t have cancer. Prosecutors are seeking a 175-year prison sentence, while the Oakland County man is asking for no more than 25 years. The punishment is expected later this week.
On Monday, Harvard medical professor Dr. Dan Longo said Fata performed a “stunning” number of rigorous but unnecessary treatments.