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Judge Denies Request to Detain Accused Dentist

Prosecution argues Dr. Hamada Makarita has engaged in witness tampering since his arrest

A judge has denied prosecutors' request to detain and revoke travel privileges for Dr. Hamada Makarita, an Oakton dentist who has been .

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mazen M. Basrawi argued Makarita engaged in witness tampering before and after a warning from prosecutors that such behavior would result in a motion to revoke bond. 

An FBI complaint filed April 17 accuses Makarita of contacting patients and other potential witnesses — including a confidential informant, who is also a former employee he fired and accused of stealing from him, a charge she denies — to discuss the case. Prosecutors notified Makarita's attorney and warned contact with witnesses would result in a motion to revoke bond.

The FBI complaint also accuses Makarita of intimidating a current employee for cooperating with the FBI investigation; of speaking with patients about prescriptions he wrote to them, including refills patients did not remember receiving; and of contacting at least one former girlfriend. The complaint also accuses Makarita of threatening to blackmail one former girlfriend, prior to his arrest, with explicit sexual videos taken on his cell phone.

U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. ruled against detaining Makarita, and clarified all contact with potential witnesses should be done by his lawyer, James Tate.

The judge also ruled Makarita is not a flight risk, upholding a decision from earlier this month that  to receive a mastership award from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He will have his passport from April 26 until April 29 and must return his passport to the probation office April 30. 

On March 15, Makarita was arrested for illegally acquiring narcotic painkillers over a three-year stretch during which he took explicit photos of women to whom he had provided the drugs, according to federal prosecutors.

Patient April 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Wrongful accusations and attacks continue against the reputable dentist; Dr. Makarita makes one quite wonder why all these suddenly surface after he fired an embezzling former employee? The person who should be in trouble here is not the dentist but the former con artist who framed him. The truth will come out one day and all these tarnishings of his reputations will be history. It is so unfortunate to continue to see the innocent be the one who is on trouble so wrongfully, while the guilty is free and is master minding and fooling everyone. Patient of over 10 years.
Patient April 20, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It is very suprising how the information posted has never included the defendants response to the motion reported by the Oakton patch. There is definitely a response I'm sure . Why does the media as a powerful communication and informational too continues to depict irresponsible reporting to ruin someone's reputation who has not been convicted of anything while not representing both sides! Raises plenty of eye brows I'm sure. One would think that in this era all sides of any story would be informative and judgement be made be readers. It is like Oakton Patch is backing up one side while unfairly omitting any response from the defendant or even presenting both sides. Totally wrong and very disturbing.
Patient XYZ April 20, 2012 at 01:49 AM
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Patient XYZ April 20, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Makes one truly wonder and think that there must have been a reason the judge denied the motion. I would assume its because there was a pretty strong convincing response to the motion or the judge wouldn't have denied it! Totally in agreement that we keep hearing one side and plenty of contradictions that just don't make sense. A judge would never deny a motion if there weren't good enough reasons that makes one doubt the other side's accusations.
Don't Care April 20, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Why is such a top story? Why is this written from one side only, how about the motions filed by Dentist's attorney, why just complaints? Why drawing conclusions without actual facts that HAVE YET TO BE PROVEN T R U E???? This website is awful in representing information without facts and drawing conclusions based on ALLEGATIONS!!!! Hope somehow people become so disgusted with your lack of research by actually validating information before its printed so quickly so it seems such a SENSATIONALIZED FABRICATION OF TRUTH! Everyone should really look into who is behind writing these articles on this site and have them shut down for good if they are not hot with SLANDOR OR DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER LAWSUIT SOON or if this continues!!! Remember the law of the land - INNOCENT U N T I L PROVEN GUILTY - PERIOD, end of sensationalism!
let's see April 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Read the FBI statement. Maybe only 1/10 of it is true and accurate, but what is 100% true and accurate is that EVERYONE who is potentially involved in this case needs to keep their mouth shut. (If you go to the dentist and you continue to go to this dentist, you ARE potentially involved period.) No one is getting more than they are able to bear in this situation. I still say something is just not right here, and I am not sure we will ever really know what it is.
Cyndi April 20, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I totally agree. The Oakton Patch is definitely being biased against Dr. Makarita. It is not showing both sides. Obviously the allegations against Dr. Makarita are flimsy, at best.
Jane May April 20, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I completely agree with your statment. Since when does the media decide who's guilty and who's innocent???????? Dr. Makarita is an outstanding person, doctor and deserves the right to a fair trial, without the opinion of the Oakton Patch.
Mark L. Wright April 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Innocent until proven guilty! The Government must think they have a case based on evidence and/or testimony. However, Dr. Makarita has his evidence and testimony as well. This is why we have courts, laws of evidence, a jury system, etc. etc. Let's not lose sight of the one sidedness of the reporting here. We have so often tried innocent people in the court of Public Opinion only to have them found not guilty. When this happens the court of Public Opinion seldom prints a retaction and/or apology for trashing the defendant. My wife and I will continue to use Dr. Makarita as our dentist as we have for around 15 years. None of this negativity can take away from the fact that he is a superior dentist. None of this other stuff really matters!
let's see April 21, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Why would the Patch publish the defendant's response? Why would the defendant and his attorney even want to be in the press? It is a lose-lose proposition! Personally, I don't think it should be printed. This kind of media happens all the time. Look around. Read the papers. Rarely is anything unbiased. Rarely. It is how we throw people out of election races. We dig and we dig until it is untolerable to the person running. Did Herman Cain have any other choice? Why are they not attacking Newt Gingrich? (He was never in the race to begin with!) Answer that. The press keeps the ones they need to support their platform and they destroy the others who might scare them or are a factor to be overcome for their platform. This is nothing new. Something happened at or with this dentist. Something is not right. He is not 100% innocent I don't care how long you have gone to him. If he is 100% innocent, so was Ken Lay and Bernie Madoff. They got operated on in the court of press opinion and public opinion as well. Sometimes in the end, all the decisions made by the person or organization all come down to "this" . . . . whatever "this" is. And "this" is not an isolated case ever. An incident like "this" has been in the making for quite some time.
Oh I see... April 22, 2012 at 04:01 AM
To Let's see... YOU seem to be the one who is biased and only wanting to believe only the prosecution's side. YOU do not know the facts, yet you seem to somehow be convinced that something is not "right", even though you know NOTHING about this case (except for what you've read apparently). Plus, who said ANYTHING about the defendant or his attorney wanting press about this?? On the contrary! Who in their right minds would want ANYTHING like this to be written about them?? Just because this type of media happens all the time, does NOT make it right, and that is why people need to speak up, and should CONTINUE to speak up. Why is it ok for YOU to make claims that this dentist must be somehow guilty, as you suggest, and not ok for anyone else to suggest the possibility of his innocence? How can you even begin to compare this to Bernie Madoff or Ken Lay?? Apples and oranges. Yet you don't mention those who were wrongly accused and later cleared of charges. Maybe YOU are the one who should keep your mouth SHUT about "this", as you suggested in a previous post, to everyone else who is blogging. We should keep our mouths shut, yet you keep running yours???
let's see April 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
If you read my previous post, you see that I state something is not right, and we may never know what it is. And you know, something is not right here. Everything is not on the up and up with this dentist.
Oh I see... April 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM
How can you possibly know that?? You don't KNOW that. You are simply speculating, based on what you have read. There is a whole other side here that you know nothing about.
Another Concerned Citizen April 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Let's see and I must be the only ones reading the complaint. I would love to hear the defendants reasons for discussing the case with his patients... Completely unprofessional. Not to mention how he is treating his current employee for telling the truth to investigators. And then there are the phone calls at all hours to the fired employee , which the FBI has verified and last but not least suggesting he would share the sex video of yet another girlfriend if she wasn't on his side ... Which the FBI also verified ... Hummm wonder if he already has his ticket from Canada to Egypt? I agree let's see ... Something is not right here...
Mark L. Wright April 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Having read the entire complaint, the government seems to have a case. Having read other complaints, the government always seems to have a case. They have to show cause to move on to trial. Lets not forget the accused Atlanta Olympics Bomber who's entire life was ruined as the result of false accusations. It seems there are folks on this blog who are expressing opinions who do not know Dr. Makarita at all. The are just making their opinion based on what they read here. While Dr. Makarita may have discussed the case with some of his patients, my wife had an appointment with him last week and he refused to discuss any of the proceedings with her. He may have been upset with a current employee for telling her version of the truth to investigators. However, why is she still working for him if he is such a bad person and/or treating her so badly? As far as the ex-girlfriend and the sex video goes, this is a classic case of he said she said. As far as the phone calls to the fired employee goes, you need to know why she was terminated before you find fault here. This entire mess could be a vendetta carried out by this former employee as a way to get even for the termination. The biggest problem here is folks are forming an opinion based totally on the prosecution's side of the ledger. The defense has remained silent , as they should. Innocent until proven guilty is where we should all stand until both sides are heard in a court of law.
Another Concerned Citizen April 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Absolutely the information I have is from the complaint and I do not know the defendant... Isn't that what jury's are made up of... Citizens who do not know the parties involved? If your wife's appointment was last week, then it seems as though the defendants attorney has finally been able to make him understand what he's been doing is against the law. I don't need to know the reason why the former employee was fired to know him calling the employee ,who is a federal witness , is against the law. Just as you wonder why the current employee is still working for the defendant if it is so bad... I have to wonder why the defendant hasn't let the employee go... However based on the complaint it appears he has good reason not to let her go... How else is he going to intimidate this employee with rants to patients if she isn't there. As he is also trying to do by calling the former employee and patients who are now changing their testimony to Federal agents. This behavior is not only illegal it's unethical. You suggested this entire mess could be a vendetta by the former employee, that would suggest all of the witnesses are not telling the truth and I would find it difficult to believe this many people are willing to be untruthful to the FBI. Certainly there have been a few cases where individuals have been innocent, however in most cases where there is smoke there is fire.
Ridiculous April 22, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Let's see... go see about something else because you believe everything you read. Another concerned citizen, go concern yourself with something else. Neither of you have any idea what you are talking about. If you had read the defense, you would be eating your words right now. I am a patient and was there for a couple of appointments when this all first happened, and the dentist absolutely refused to talk about anything having to do with this case. The judge would have gone ahead and granted the motion to detain him, if it was true that he talked to people and made that phone call. The defense was obviously a strong one, which put holes in the accusations. Have you ever heard of smoke and mirrors? I still say innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. Go find another fish to fry.
let's see April 22, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Okay, Ridiculous, so you have read the defense's argument? You know much more than I ever will. I'll let you know when we're having the big fish fry! Come hungry, leave happy!
Oh I see... April 23, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Ok Let's see, READ IT YOURSELF, IT'S NOW AVAILABLE ON THE PATCH. We will come hungry to the fish fry!!! Thanks for cookin'!! Yay!!

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