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.