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Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

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DETROIT (AP) -

A Detroit-area cancer doctor who put patients through needless, grueling treatments to collect millions from insurers has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Dr. Farid Fata's sentence Friday followed three days of unflattering testimony from experts and patients who said he ruined their health to enrich himself. Fata admitted it in his remarks to the judge, sobbing and saying his "quest for power is self-destructive."

Through tears and clenched teeth, patients this week told emotional stories of broken relationships, poor finances and lifetime health woes because of excessive chemotherapy and other drugs.

The 50-year-old Fata pleaded guilty to fraud and other crimes. The government said there were 553 victims, along with Medicare and insurers. There were more than 9,000 unnecessary infusions or injections.

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