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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.

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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