A company that provides hospice care has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle allegations that it contributed to a cancer doctor's foundation in exchange for patient referrals, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.
The doctor is Farid Fata, who is serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments in Southeast Michigan.
Vitas Health Corporation Midwest and related entities will pay the settlement.
An employee at Miami-based Vitas reported that the company contributed about $16,000 to Fata's Swan For Life Cancer Foundation and got 23 patient referrals over a two-year period, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement Tuesday.
The employee will get $36,000 out of the $200,000 settlement.