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Patients lash out at ‘monster’ cancer doctor in fraud case

DETROIT — Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

A judge set aside nearly four hours to hear from victims of Dr. Farid Fata, who faces sentencing this week for fraud and other crimes.

Some entered court with canes. Others wore elastic sleeves on their wrists, their joints weakened by years of unnecessary chemotherapy. They said they were betrayed by a soft-spoken doctor who won their trust but left them devastated.

‘‘Ten minutes just isn’t enough time’’ to speak, said Laura Stedtfeld, who blames Fata for her father’s death.

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Fata, 50, listened as two dozen people took turns speaking in court, just a fraction of the 553 victims identified by the government.

Prosecutors want Fata to be sentenced to 175 years in prison, while the Oakland County doctor is asking for no more than 25 years.

Associated Press