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Fata trial change of venue denied

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DETROIT (WKZO) -- The trial of an Oakland County cancer specialist accused of Medicare fraud will be held in Detroit.

Tuesday, Federal Judge Paul Borman denied a change of venue motion by Dr. Farid Fata's attorneys, who had claimed their client could not get a fair trial because of negative publicity and media coverage. Prosecutors say Fata pocketed 65-million dollars after billing Medicare more than 150-million dollars for services the government alleges were medically unnecessary.

Fata says he can no longer afford his legal fees and will be back in front of the judge next week to ask for a court appointed lawyer.

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