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Calling the scheme “horrific,” a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison today for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless treatments that wrecked their health.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman this week heard stories of brittle bones and fried organs as patients chillingly described the effects of excessive chemotherapy at the hands of Dr. Farid Fata.

Fata “shut down whatever compassion he had as a doctor and switched it to making money,” Borman said.

The younger brother of a man accused of laundering $238 million in Medicare dollars from Florida to Cuba's banking system was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison on Wednesday, the Miami Herald reports.

Eduardo Perez de Morales was barely an adult when his brother recruited him into the scheme, but he admitted he continued with the partnership even after realizing it was illegal, the Herald reports. 

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A pain management doctor in Pinellas Park is facing the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison after three people died because he prescribed them drugs they didn’t need, the Tampa Bay Times reports.  

Three chiropractors involved in a massive staged car accident insurance fraud scheme have been sentenced to federal prison, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Kenneth Karow of West Palm Beach was sentenced to 11 years, Hermann Diehl of Miami was sentenced to 9 years, and Hal Mark Kreitman of Miami Beach was sentenced to 8 years. All three were convicted of money laundering and mail fraud, according to the Post.

Instead of helping to plan his elegant July wedding at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables,  Eduardo Perez de Morales is being held in the Broward County jail on charges of Medicare fraud, the Miami Herald reports.

This week, a federal jury found three chiropractors guilty of money- laundering and mail fraud for their part in a scheme involving fake car accidents, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
 The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said the three filed claims on behalf of the “victims” and cashed insurance checks for procedures they never performed.

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In a surprise verdict that one attorney called a “huge victory,” two pain-clinic doctors were cleared in the deaths of eight patients, the Palm Beach Post reports.  However, Drs. Cynthia Cadet and Joseph Castronuovo were convicted of money laundering. Tuesday’s verdict capped a nearly two-month-long trial.