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More than 700 claims filed by patients of fraud cancer doctor

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Farid Fata is serving 45 years in prison for giving patients unnecessary cancer treaments.

More than 700 people have filed claims for payment in the case of a Detroit-area doctor who put patients through needless cancer treatments.

Federal Judge Paul Borman got an update Tuesday from the government and a contractor hired to handle claims. No money has been paid yet.

Farid Fata is serving a 45-year prison sentence. The government has collected $13 million from him, although a whistleblower will get a share.

Anyone who was a Fata patient between 2005 and 2013 can file a claim for out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-payments and deductibles. There also will be money for a portion of funeral expenses.

Ellen Piligian says the toughest part has been collecting old records. She's seeking $4,000 on behalf of her late father. The deadline to file was Nov. 14.

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