- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Victims of a Detroit-area cancer doctor who put hundreds of patients through needless treatments are finally able start filing claims seeking reimbursement for medical costs and other expenses.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Thursday that a restitution fund of $11.7 million has been set aside for victims of oncologist Farid Fata and that they can begin filing their claims through a new website.

A facilitator will oversee the claims process, review each application and then make a recommendation to a judge. The judge will then have the final say on how much money each victim receives.

The government has identified about 553 victims, many of whom were told they had cancer and needed to undergo excessive chemotherapy.

Fata is serving 45 years in prison for intentionally misdiagnosing or mistreating patients.

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