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Patient group forms after Mich. cancer doc charged

Thursday - 8/15/2013, 3:32pm  ET

The office of Dr. Farid Fata is seen in Oak Park, Mich., Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Prosecutors want a judge to set a $9 million bond in the case of the Detroit-area cancer specialist accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients. Prosecutors want federal judge Sean Cox to increase Fata’s current $170,000 bond to $9 million. They fear he may try to flee the country. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) -- An informal patient support group has emerged in the wake of federal prosecutors bringing Medicare fraud charges against a Detroit-area cancer specialist.

Some of Dr. Farid Fata's former patients and family members of patients have created a Facebook page to discuss their grievances.

Jeff Berz (BUHRZ') of Utica says he plans to organize a meeting with interested parties to discuss their legal options.

Berz's father, Milton, was Fata's patient. He underwent painful chemotherapy treatments before dying in 2008.

The government says Fata ripped off Medicare by giving chemotherapy to patients who didn't need it and diagnosing cancer when it wasn't apparent.

Defense lawyer Christopher Andreoff (AN'-dree-off) says Fata is innocent.

The 48-year-old from Oakland Township remains jailed on $9 million bond. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Tuesday.

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