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Hospice: No wrongdoing admitted in Detroit settlement

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DETROIT (AP) -

A company that provides hospice care is denying that it paid kickbacks to a disgraced Detroit-area cancer doctor but says it's paying $200,000 to the government to avoid costly litigation.

Vitas Healthcare, based in Miami, released a statement Wednesday, a day after the federal government announced the settlement.

The U.S. attorney in Detroit says an employee at Vitas reported that the company contributed about $16,000 to Dr. Farid Fata's foundation and got 23 patient referrals over a two-year period.

Fata is serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments in southeastern Michigan.

Vitas executive Kal Mistry says the contributions to Fata's charity were legitimate. She says the settlement includes no acknowledgment of wrongdoing.

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