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Judge Allows Accused Dentist to Travel for Award

Dr. Hamada Makarita will travel to Canada to accept a dentistry award

Dr. Hamada Makarita, , will be allowed to travel to Toronto for a dentistry award later this month. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson granted Makarita temporary access from April 26 to April 29 to his passport to receive a mastership award from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He must return his passport to the probabtion office April 30. 

"This is a significant achievement in Mr. Makarita's career, and he requests that he be allowed to present when he is recognized," James Tate, Makarita's lawyer, wrote in the motion filed April 2. 

The prosecution argued Makarita should not be allowed access to his passport because he is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Egypt who presents a flight risk.

"(T)he receipt of an award in person from an international body is a frivolous excuse for lifting the already loose travel restrictions this court has placed on the Defendant," prosecutors wrote in the response to the motion April 5. U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride and Special Assistant United States Attorney Mazen Basrawi signed the response.

During his initial appearance March 15, U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. ordered Makarita to surrender his Drug Enforcement Administration license and travel documents, and prohibited him from prescribing drugs in any extent as conditions of his release.

On March 20, Jones modified the conditions of Hamada Makarita's release to allow him to prescribe certain antibiotics. He is permitted to prescribe Amoxicillin, Erythromycin and Clindamycin.

Makarita, who has not yet been indicted, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.

Patch Editors Lauren Sausser and Rachel Leonard contributed to this report.

Sid Zuker July 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
When a dentist is allowed to distribute controlled substances freely, there is always a chance that he will turn to it for profit outside of his trade. This may lead him to distributing other drugs secretly. He should not be allowed to travel so freely! - http://www.queenstreetdentalcare.com
Thetruth November 08, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Sid Zuker, you are an idiot. He DID travel to Canada, received the award he's been working on for ten years (only 53 dentists WORLDWIDE have received it!) and came back without a hitch to face these unfounded, untrue allegations. All this was contrary to our gullible (incredibly so!!!) FBI and FEDS that have been conned by Derder. She's a career criminal, a con artist and a total bitch (anyone who knows her will say I'm being very kind calling her that). He will be found innocent of all the charges that are COMPLETELY FABRICATED by Derder. Hell, she put TWO other men in prison THAT SHE HELPED DEAL DRUGS!!!! They are there right now and this bitch is running free. Our legal system is very sick...

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