(CNN) Michigan doctor is behind bars, accused of deliberately misdiagnosing patients with cancer. Prosecutors say Farid Fata then recommended chemotherapy, all for financial gain.
Dustin Kaley, 25, recently dropped out of college after being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.
“I’ve never been so tired and just exhausted,” said Kaley.
He was referred to Fata – a Michigan cancer specialist who began administering aggressive cancer treatments to Kaley.
“To me, it seemed it was a lot and it was hard to go through, but when your doctor tells you that’s going to cure your cancer, you don’t argue.”
Kaley is now among the scores of other patients who are shocked to learn Dr. Fata was arrested last week on charges of not only falsely telling patients they had cancer, but also giving them unnecessary chemotherapy treatments.
“It’s very upsetting because I really liked him.”
Fata’s motive: pure greed, according to federal prosecutors.
Fata allegedly misdiagnosed his patients so that he could submit false Medicare claims, stealing $35 million over a two-year period, according to a federal complaint.
Authorities also say he went as far as administering chemotherapy to dying patients who would not even benefit from the treatment so he could rake in more money.
His attorney says the criminal complaint does not identify any patients who claim they were mistreated, and his client has proclaimed his innocence.
Several patients are coming to his defense.
“I don’t believe any of it. I have total faith,” said one former patient.
Still, more than 700 of Fata’s former patients are weighing in on this Facebook page, sharing the physical and emotional pain they’ve endured, with one patient saying, ‘”what a monster if this all proves to be true.”
Fata is being held on $9 million bond.