DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – An appeals court has affirmed the 45-year prison sentence for a Detroit-area cancer doctor who put hundreds of patients through needless treatments.

Dr. Farid Fata

Dr. Farid Fata

Farid Fata’s appeal focused on how a judge calculated the sentencing guidelines and whether it was proper to allow many victims to speak in court. In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, the appeals court says the arguments lack merit.

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Federal investigators called Fata the most egregious fraudster in U.S. history, “measured not only by the millions of dollars he stole but by the harm he inflicted on his victims … ”

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In 2014, Fata pleaded guilty to fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. The government identified 553 victims, along with insurance companies. Medicare and insurers paid at least $17 million.

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Many patients who were told they had cancer went through excessive chemotherapy. The treatments wrecked their health. Fata acknowledged that he was motivated by greed.
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