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Grand Jury Indicts Oakton Dentist on 15 Charges

Documents say Hamada Makarita distributed prescription pills for consensual, nonconsensual sex

A grand jury indicted Oakton dentist Hamada Makarita on Thursday for allegedly illegally distributing prescription medicine to patients, employees and girlfriends, among other charges.

Makarita was charged with conspiracy, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and 12 counts of dispensing controlled substances at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

An arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. June 4. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the health care fraud charge, 20 years in prison for conspiracy and each dispensing controlled substances charge, and a consecutive two-year sentence for the aggravated identity theft charge.

The indictment accuses Makarita of distributing and dispensing thousands of dosages of scheduled medication from 2007 and 2012 "without a legitimate dental purpose and beyond the bounds of a dental practice," according to court documents. It also accuses him of illegally distributing the pills to patients and girlfriends in social settings and for consensual and nonconsensual sex, including one instance in which the grand jury states he took illicit photographs of a woman he was dating while she was intoxicated without her permission and sent the pictures to friends and employees.

The indictment also alleges Makarita billed more than $160,000 of services for family members to Aetna under the name of another dentist, receiving more than $91,000 in reimbursements.

Makarita, 50, of Oakton, was  after an FBI investigation prompted by a former employee at Makarita's dental practice on Chain Bridge Road in Oakton. Makarita says two years ago, according to court documents. 

According to the documents, Makarita filed a report with the FBI after finding discrepancies in an audit he conducted of his business in April 2010. He also contacted the Fairfax County Police Department about the issue in May 2010.

No federal charges have been brought against Derder.

To read previous articles on this case, click here.

Another Long Time Patient May 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
There is no surprise here. This is simply just a formality. It is common knowledge that often in the indictment process, only the prosecution presents its case to a grand jury, and the defense is not present to disprove charges... but they will be disproved eventually I'm sure! I continue to believe Dr. Makarita is 100% innocent, as these accusations were generated by KAREN DERDER, who Dr. Makarita fired for embezzling from him, and who has an extensive criminal record for forgery and uttery. Dr. Makarita is the one who contacted the FBI to begin with, in order to press charges against her for embezzlement!! She is probably just trying to keep herself out of jail for the bazillionth time! She has a long criminal record, it's public information. She is a big liar and con-artist, and the truth will prevail in the end!! Keep your head up Dr. Makarita!!!
x May 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
The fact that Dr. Makarita has placed his home for sale doesn't bode well for his future freedom. Clearly not an admission of guilt, but this at least indicates his future may be in question.
Another Long Time Patient May 25, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I wouldn't assume anything. Legal fees are not cheap. There could be many reasons.
Another Concerned Citizen May 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM
The Grand Jury indictment process on ALL 15 counts is just a "formality"? Hope the doctor and his legal counsel don't share your opinion or the next "formality" may be 15 guilty verdicts.
Another Long Time Patient May 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM
The purpose of an indictment is to inform an accused individual of the charge against him or her so that the person will be able to prepare a defense. It does not imply guilt. With all due respect, do your research. Here is the formal definition of an indictment: Indictment n. a charge of a felony (serious crime) voted by a grand jury based upon a proposed charge, witnesses' testimony and other evidence presented by the public prosecutor (District Attorney). To bring an indictment the grand jury will not find guilt, but only the probability that a crime was committed. So, the purpose of an indictment with grand jury is to show probable cause to go to trial. That's it.
Onlythetruth May 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Let's not jump to any conclusions. In my opinion, the fact that he's got his home on the market means that the man knows he's innocent and is simply moving on with his life plans. Have you seen his house?!!! It's huge and waaay too much for a single man. It's a waste of money. Anyone who's owned a house knows the overhead involved - insurance , maintenance, lawn service, heat, electric, on and on. He's simply an empty nester who needs a smaller home. Also, an indictment is simply the next step in the prosecution's process to bring the case before a JURY! It's that simple. It's not some obscure blog that will determine his guilt or innocence - its the JURY. And in my opinion, after reading ALL the legal proceedings and paperwork filed in court, it's the prosecution that will look the fool for believing a con artist, embezzler and CONVICTED felon. Come on - do they really think a jury is going to believe Karen Derder's testimony?!! She's a known liar who will throw her own SISTER under the bus in order to save her own skin. Again, read the court docs - its there. I hope Karen is getting nervous. When she's proven to be a liar, her immunity will disappear and she is the one that will end up in prison. Again, my opinion, like it or not. In the end, the truth will prevail.
Mark L. Wright May 26, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Innocent until proven guilty! My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Makarita's for over 15 years. We have confidence in his innocence and hate to see him smeared in the press. The Grand Jury has only had the opportunity to see the prosecution's case and, based solely on that information alone, made their determination. Now the defense knows what to defend against. The probable source of all these charges, Karen Derder, Dr. Makarita's former office manager was charged with embezzelment and has been convicted for forgery and uttery. Karen probably manufactured all these charges to save her own skin. All will come out in the wash. Dr. Makarita will be proven innocent and Karen will have her own kettle of fish to fry.
Patient of Many Years May 26, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I totally concur Mr. Wright. One would think that prosecutors and the FBI charge an innocent man if they have evidence to back up such allegations. Where is the evidence to such hearsay? How does it work that a reputable dentist with a golden professional reputation an infinit number of awards and certificates fires a conartist, convoluted embezzler and liar, then reaches out to the FBI to get justice and he ends up to be the one in trouble? None of this nor do theses charges make sense to any person with half a brain. Plus shame to anyone who remotely believes such charges. How could a thief, liar and embezzler with a record be a credible informant and is being believed???? Is this how the government system works? Believe a liar and go after a man who is innocent? Sounds like some deals are being made because this all is evidently framing the doctor and trying to ruin his lIfe? Doesn't the government have true criminals to go after? Sounds to me like the show "Prison Brake" and how an innocent man was framed and faced an execution all by government corruption to cover their horrifying illegal stories and actions. I'm shocked how evil gets to go after good to bring good down.
let's see May 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM
JoePa transferred his house to his wife. Does that mean Paterno knew he was going to die or that the stuff was going down? Same woman; same house since the 1960's! And I believe Paterno when he said he did not know what to do. He came from another generation. At the time of the divorce, perhaps one might have recognized they did not "need" such a big house. Perhaps that is part of the "mentality" here. 15 counts is a lot of counts no matter how you count them!
let's see May 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Karen Derder does not own the dental practice. At the end of the day, it is his practice and his books and his insurance checks and his prescription pad, and she is his employee, hired by whom? For how long? Something is not right here.
OnlyTheTruth May 29, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Let's see - employers get screwed by their employees all the time. You can't do anything about something you don't know is going on. (The *itch) did soooooo much stuff that the doc didn't know about - and probably still doesn't to this day. He fired her as soon as he saw that she embezzled from him. She IS a convicted felon. She IS a liar. NOBODY ever liked the woman (if you can call a *itch a woman). She WILL throw anyone she needs to (including her own SISTER and, knowing her, probably her own daughter ) under the bus in order to save her own fat a$$. Whats not right here is our FBI wasting our tax dollars fabricating some bogus allegations all based on the words of a LIAR. NO JURY will ever believe the crap that comes out of her mouth, because it will ALL be proven to be LIES and TWISTED views of the truth. The TRUTH shall prevail and in the end God, will be the ultimate judge. He doesnt need evidence and a crazy legal system - he just knows - cause it's the TRUTH. Period. Let's see, you don't see.
let's see May 29, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Did not the paperwork indicate that the doc had at one point fired the woman and then "reconciled" with her and then re-hired her? How many times does it take? And I always found the word "reconciled" an interesting word for an employee-employer relationship. What does that mean? And then how long did he keep her employed? And to quote you "NOBODY ever liked the woman" -- really? Someone must have or someone was ignoring what everyone else knew. I know nothing. I think it does not stack up right.
Another Concerned Citizen May 29, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It doesn't matter how many times ,under how many different screen names, you scream in capital letters, ,things about the fired employee, she is not on trial the doctor is... It also doesn't matter if everything you say about the ex employee you is true, it doesn't make the doctor innocent. Let's discount the fired employees' testimony. What is left ? Testimony from multiple girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, friends, ex-friends and even current employees. Are we suppose to believe all these people are liars, cons and thiefs too?
Another Long Time Patient May 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM
You are supposed to believe whatever you want or don't want. Nobody really knows what the real deal is, or what people really said or didn't say, or who was telling the truth or who was not. This is all speculation, based on things we read, things we hear, things we "think" we know, and then we form our own opinions. It's really nobody's business, but we are all on here making it ours. Who cares? If you think the man is guilty, then so be it. Don't go see this Dentist and leave it at that. We need to remember that this individual is a human being, who has a family and 2 grown children who are probably devastated enough by all of this. Let's not drag these poor people through the mud any longer, and let them deal with this horrible situation in peace. It really is none of our business... but if you have nothing better to do with your time than read up on some Dentist whom you have never met, just to see what the next juicy update is, then go ahead I guess... knock yourself out.
Another Concerned Citizen May 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Another Long Time Patient do you realize you are the one who started the blog? Blogs are typically where people go to express their opinion and commonly to debate eachothers point of view. Had you not made the first blog there may very well have been nothing to respond to. My heart absolutely goes out to his family and to all the victims involved which could include the fired employee. Maybe this person has family or people that care about them and are equally offended at your comments. As you stated, we only know what we read, only those involved know the truth. Maybe take some of your own advice.
Another Long Time Patient May 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
That's not true.... You have made comments on other blogs that were not started by me. Yes of course I realize I started this particular blog. I am not just talking about this article's blog. I am also referring to all the other articles and blogs that were started, not by me. This is just a continuation. And... you do not know who I am, so you cannot comment about me taking my own advice. I am referring to total strangers ,like yourself and others, because you obviously are not a patient or someone who knows this dentist. I am glad to hear your heart goes out to all of those involved in this devastating situation, because based on all of your previous critical and damaging comments (you and your "friend" Let's See, and others), it certainly doesn't seem like it. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but let's just remember those who are suffering through this awful situation, and leave these poor people alone, especially if all you have to say is negative.
Mark L. Wright May 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Wow! I feel hostility, anger, defensiveness, and baiting going on here. My wife and I have patients of Dr. Makarita for over 15 years. We believe he is a fine man and is innocent of these charges. Remember, all we have heard is the prosecution's charges and case. The Grand Jury based their indictments solely on the prosecutions case and evidence. The defense has yet to offer any of their case and seems to refrain from trying this case in the cort of public opinion. This is smart and as it should be. I am not on this blog to change anyone's mind. My postings are a way for me to lend support to Dr. Makarita and his family. Do I think it was stupid to re-hire Karen Derder? Yes! In retrospect I'm sure Dr. Makarita does too. This is how we learn. I stand firmly on my belief that Dr. Makarita will be found innocent of all charges. I don't belive saying this makes it so. I probably won't change anyone's mind. I just want to support a friend.
jeff smith May 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM
well put Mark, Lets see how it all plays out. I have been a patient of Dr Makarita and had many business dealing with him over a 15 year period, been with him socially and never saw any evidence of drug use nor was I ever offered or asked to return unused prescritions: Good luck Doc and we are behind you.
Susan Hammer June 28, 2012 at 04:07 PM
ENOUGH IS ENOUGHALREADY! "HUMANS" such as myself, tend to believe there is "good" in ALLpeople. I am proud to say I have known Dr. Makarita for thirty four - yes, I said 34 years. I pride myself on being intuitive. The absolute ONLY thing Dr. Makarita is guilty of is his belief that Ms. Derder learned her lesson when he fired her the first time. That is/was not the case when she was graciously offered her job back. Dr. Makarita is a forgiving, generous, kind, trusting, compassionate, highly successful, motivated dentist, loyal friend, loving father, and devoted family man. We, as humans strive to learn lessons from our mistakes. That is/was not the case with Ms. Derder. I can say this with complete confidence because I have known her for 20 years. She is a Narcissist.
Susan Hammer June 28, 2012 at 04:10 PM
PART TWO Definition: In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms: •Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements) •Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love •Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions) •Requires excessive admiration •Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations •Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends •Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others •Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her •Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes Sound like anyone you know. Need I say more? I would highly suggest Karen re-evaluate her priorities, and attempt to perform some "damage control" with first and foremost herself, daughter, family and friends. Seek some professional therapy. Your disease is very distructable to all around you.
Only truth August 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Surprise surprise!!! Karen Derder has recently been fired from the dentist's office where she's been working AFTER SHE GOT FIRED by Dr. Makarita!!! This demon-of-a-woman thinks she is smarter than everyone else, thinks she's above the law, and that she can do whatever she damn well pleases. ALL of her allegations are fabricated to cover up HER OWN drug dealing, illegal prescription writing, embezzlement, fraud, deception, and illegally playing 'Doctor.' She will get what's coming to her - JAIL TIME - which is where she belongs. Unfortunately, she has a Ying daughter that will end up motherless. Of course, Karen only thinks of herself, and obviously doesn't give a second's thought about her daughter. I hope the daughter has some good Godparent's or someone somewhere that'll take better care of her than this *itch. She is an UNFIT mother and the little girl deserves better. I hope Karen didn't teach the daughter how to lie, cheat, steal, forge, and be a total sl*t like she is. Karen is going to rot in prison, which in my opinion, is too good for her sorry, miserable soul.

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