Oakton Dentist Arrested for Distributing Narcotics

Hamada Makarita charged with distributing a controlled substance

UPDATE (March 22): On March 20, U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. modified the conditions of Hamada Makarita's release to allow him to prescribe certain antibiotics. He is permitted to prescribe Amoxicillin, Erythromycin and Clindamycin.


UPDATE (March 16):  During Hamada Makarita's initial court appearance Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. ordered him to surrender his Drug Enforcement Administration license and travel documents and prohibited him from prescribing drugs in any extent as conditions of his release.

No monetary bail was set for his release.


Original Article (March 15)

Oakton dentist Hamada Makarita illegally acquired 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.

Makarita, who lives and owns a dental practice in Oakton, was arrested today for illegally obtaining narcotics and then providing them to the women he dated, according to documents from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Makarita is charged with distributing a controlled substance and made his initial appearance this afternoon at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria. The charge holds a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.

He faces no sex charges, nor does the affidavit specify whether the women in the photos took the drugs willingly.

The FBI began investigating Makarita after a former employee at his practice — at 2936 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 200 — provided information to the FBI accusing him of calling in medically unnecessary prescriptions under the names of his employees and patients, and instructed patients to return unused pills to his office.

Prescriptions included painkillers such as Vicodin, Percoset and Fetanyl.

The former employee told the FBI that Makarita would describe how he would provide pills to his girlfriends during dates, even once sending the former employee three emails in one day which contained three photos: one of a nude female, who appeared unconscious, lying on a bed with her legs spread; another of a female sitting behind a counter with her eyes closed wearing a shirt, but because of limitations whether she is wearing pants can't be determined though a bare leg is showing; and a third one of a female with her eyes closed leaning against a bathroom counter wearing high-heeled shoes but no clothing.

A review of the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program report for Makarita showed 16 prescriptions were assigned to the former employee between 2007 and 2010, according to the affidavit. None of those prescriptions were listed in the informant's patient file.

Other informants told the FBI of instances in which Makarita provided narcotics to his girlfriends while also abusing drugs himself. Read the full affidavit above.

Sherry March 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I read the report -- it's not the slam dunk you think it is -- the Dr trusted people, perhaps too much, otherwise he probably not be in this situation. You are sure wrong and illegal things were done, Arya, i think so too -- not by the Dr, but by people who abused their position of trust with him -- at this point, i think you know who i'm referring to. Why is it so difficult to comprehend the access the woman had to his email accounts, financial records, patient records and yes, even using his DEA number to fax/call in prescriptions?
Elliott Smythe March 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Wow, now the name calling comes out. Brilliant, and classy, Arya. Sorry, but if they thought he was that much of a threat, he would not be let out with zero bail and back to work. And if you think everybody who is accused of something is guilty... you should really move to another country where they practice law in that manner. Goodbye- done here.. once name calling comes out, you can always tell where irrational people have been 'placed'. ;)
Sherry March 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
hmmm....Arya, you're a bit too emotionally involved...your diatribe is quite revealing....i think we know who you probably are.
Annonee March 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
What ever happened to the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE? and what does kinky pictures or SEX have to do with the Drug investigation? Is he being charged with a SEX crime? I hope someone starts to stand up to the press that does not report responsibly. I can't believe that makes you think he is guilty. I've never met him, but I wish I had been to a dentist that was half as caring as him.
Dorothy Crawford March 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Have you ever been treated by Dr. Makarita? Have you met his manipulative, pathological liar, spiteful "ex" receptionist. I have been treated by Dr. Makarita for 20 years. I have received numerous compliments on my smile thanks to Dr. Makarita's many years spent studying and learning the newest/latest trends in the field. My entire family, fellow colleagues and friends have all utilized him as their dentist. I am a Certified Medical Assistant, and for the record that is most definitely not an exhorbitant amount of drugs. On a typical day a physician can see at least 35 patients. Even if he wrote a prescription for only 10% of his patients it would clearly be far more than a mere 2000 pills over a 3/4 year period! This "disgruntled" employee will be held accountable for her actions, and Dr. Makarita will be vindicated. I certainly hope you are never asked to serve as a juror on ANY case. It would behoove you, and others to keep your unsolicited opinions to yourself on matters you know nothing about. You seem awfully angry. Perhaps you should "turn your frown upside down!" I know of a fabulous dentist I could refer you to!!
MH March 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Hmmmm - I assume the above comment was meant for "Arya?" I believe this is the United States of America where we are SUPPOSED to be "Innocent until proven guilty?" You seem to have it the other way around. Dr. M. has been my dentist for many years. He has worked on my children's teeth in addition to many friends of mine. Dr. Makarita has had to sacrifice his Saturday's on more than one occassion for myself, kids. I could get hold of him at all times and if it was an emergency he would not hesitate to come into the office on a weekend or very early a.m. the following day. He always had a great sense of humor which put me at ease. After all, not many people "enjoy" going to the dentist. He was always professional. I never hesitated to refer him to others. At no time did he encourage the use of prescription medication for his procedures. In fact, it was quite the opposite. He "pushed" the use of over the counter medicine like Advil/Tylenol. I can only say, I wish there were more dentists like him! My thoughts/prayers are with him and his family. He will be found innocent of these ridiculous charges!
Arya March 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
He's a great dentist...but a lousy person...
Arya March 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
i did not mean to offend anyone. all of the friends and family here are obviously concerned. this goes way above and beyond what all of you know! this is the law! the fbi has been on him for years!
Farshiid March 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Hello. I just read the criminal report, so should you all. This kind of thing is very common, this is just another doctor who used his power and money to abuse drugs and make sex to strange women, allthewhile practicing his hobby of photography.
TD March 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM
QUOTE from this poorly written article "He faces no sex charges, nor does the affidavit specify whether the women in the photos took the drugs willingly." Let's not lose focus here. I wonder how "Arya" is aware of the fact Dr. Makarita is a "good dentist but lousy person?" Again, do not speak of things you have no knowledge of. In the event you KNOW he is a great dentist, that tells me perhaps you are potentially a patient? Well, if that were the case then you would know he is a GREAT person. Your ongoing tirades are not adding up. Perhaps there is something in this for you? Let's let the ENTIRE truth come out before we condemn him. You are correct, the FBI has been on him for years; coinciding with the firing of his receptionist for embezzling money from him. Coincidence, I think not!
DISGUSTED WITHARYA March 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Arya needs to shut up now - you ARE INTENTIONALLY OFFENDING PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THIS PERSON, who you claim you don't know - esp. if you are a friend or relative of Karen D., the ex-office manager, with criminal records which include Forgery, ENOUGH OF YOUR COMMENTS!! OAKTON PATCH Needs to ban YOU from Commenting anymore especially if you are a part of this case. I have been a patient of this GREAT & GENTLE DENTIST and was in his office this week. His office was packed and no one apparently even cancelled a single appointment. He's not reading any of these comments and shouldn't, because of people (I can't even say that you are a decent human being with the language and accusations you keep placing here) like you who don't know him. The way you just rant on, you obviously must be a friend or relative of Karen's, who one day will get her sentence, if not through the legal system, then through God and his way of dealing with any of us who may DO WRONG AND BLAME IT ON OTHERS. I wish some of those people who probably bought those drugs from her, would come out of hiding and confess to the evil ways this woman robbed this man of his innocence. He hasn't been robbed for long though, as you will get what is coming to YOU FROM GOD HIMSELF, ONE DAY, or in WEEKS, MONTHS, OR YEARS FROM NOW...WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!!!!
MH March 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
ALSO DISGUSTED WITH ARYA....On that note, it is clear this person is doing everything in his/her power to ruffle loyal Dr. Makarita patients, friends, and family. I believe we have also figured out "ARYA" is somehow connected to the disgruntled FORMER employee and/or the psycho druggie EX-grilfriend. I would like to recommend we no longer feed into this individuals obvious, intentional, irrational, unfounded comments and be at peace with the fact WE ALL know what a "one of a kind" dentist and person Dr. Makarita really is. As you can see, the MAJORITY of these commentaries are extremely positive towards the good doctor. I say BOYCOTT ahem... "Arya" or whomever she/he is.
Arya March 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Whoa whoa everyone needs to relax and stop being so emotional. I'm just talking facts from the criminal report. Looks like a lot of you can't handle the truth!
ThatAminKid March 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM
arya is probably the wacko lady who the dentist took nudie photos of and now shes mad. its not nice to send private pictures to others though. oh well just another drug addicted doc who roofies his dates!
let's see March 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM
It seems interesting from the comments that the good dentist had a "wacko", "manipulative, pathological liar, spiteful", and "white trash" employee for 20 repeat 20 years! Now, just how does that happen? And who is ulitmately responsible? Whose business is this? Why did he keep her for 20 years if everyone "knew" about her like is commented on here? At the end of the day, Dr. Makarita is responsible for his practice, his employees, and his accounts. When the business owner allows and continues to allow the behavior her that people speak of, he has given his power away. This article does not read that he is suing her or vice versa; it reads that the Feds are on this. Something is not right here. This is some kind of "business" plan. Dr. Makarita had a choice about surrounding himself with these types of people. Running a business is not a charity event -- unless that is what the business is about. The first comment was from someone whose dentist sold his practice to Dr. Markarita. I went to that dentist too I believe -- on West Ox Road when it was two lanes leading into Reston! I went to Dr. Marakita too, for a while. I was single at the time, and his business plan was not my payment plan. So I discontinued that relationship. It is not take me 20 repeat 20 years to do so!
Another Long Time Patient March 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Dr. Makarita trusted this person to handle his accounts. When he finally busted her, he's the one that called the Feds on her. Why would he do that if he had anything to hide? This is her slinging mud to get out of going to jail. And... who knows... maybe when this is all over, he will sue her. This is far from over, so let's not make assumptions here.
let's see March 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Trust is earned, not bought or imputed to someone. One either presents themselves as trustworthy or one does not.
Another Long Time Patient March 25, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Let's see.... if only it was as black and white as you put it. It's not.
ben March 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
lets see...... i agree with you. its on dr. makarita. guy is a sicko
Another Long Time Patient March 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Do you know him personally, Ben?? If he was a "sicko", then why is his practice still full of patients, who have been very supportive, till this day? No one has cancelled appointments, despite what they've read. I was there the other day, and his practice was in full swing, very busy. It's because the people who truly know him, know his not a "sicko", and is just being made to look like one, through lies, forgery, and on top of that, the media sensationalizing everything. Everyone loves a juicy story, don't they? Sounds like you are one of those people.
Concerned citizen March 29, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I have a major problem with the article that is written. The article paints a picture of factual events, instead of simple accusations. Where are the witnesses coming out of the woodwork to nail this guy? If I understand everything correctly, a former employee that embezzled; was caught and is being prosecuted decided to turn evidence against their former employer. Since when can someone that has been caught stealing all the sudden be considered a credible source? Does anyone on this forum understand how much authority the office manager of a small practice is granted? Let’s all be careful not to convict this person in court of public opinion. These are serious allegations being brought against from what I have researched is a highly respected, generous professional. If the charges end up being false and the individual is cleared, the accuser will still have accomplished what they set out to do, that is to cause significant financial harm to a practice and individual that they were embezzling from.
CH March 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
THANK YOU "Concerned Citizen." Very well written commentary! On a different note, what woman in her "right" mind would continue to date an individual (for two years) that "forces" her to consume drugs OR "roofies" her? I for one think this is the most ridiculous accusation on the "former" ex-girlfriend's part. I would be embarrassed, and ashamed to make such an idiotic claim. Yes I am a patient, and friend of the infamous, talented Doctor, and proud to say so! He absolutely does not deserve these unfound allegations from a self serving, disgruntled THIEF, and a self admitted drug addict EX-GIRLFRIEND! Enough innocent people have been adversely affected by these articles. However, Dr. Makarita's practice continues to thrive in spite "them!" Keep up the outstanding work Dr. M!! :O)
let's see March 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM
WHO granted/allowed the office manager of this small practice their authority? Not in your comments, but WHO kept her employed for 20 repeat 20 years?
let's see March 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM
On the other hand, why would the "infamous, talented Doctor" continue to date this type of person for two years, as you point out here? Something is not right here.
Another Concerned Citizen March 31, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I have to agree with Let's See... Many of the Bloggers want us to believe that a receptionist and ex girlfriend outsmarted the doctor and the FBI. The FBI does not take someone word for something... This is why there are multiple witnesses listed in the complaint...there is more than one employee and there is more than one girlfriend who was receiving prescriptions not to mention his friend who traveled out of the country with the doctor on a couple of occasions... The complaint also indicates this is not all the information the FBI has on this case but this was enough to show probable cause for the complaint. Since many of the bloggers have so much information that is not provided in the complaint ... Please let us all know about the other witnesses in the complaint as well... I'm interested to know why the other employee is lying about the doctor and his former traveling companion... Also why did he change his girlfriends name as mentioned in the complaint... Is she a celebrity or something? This is not about ex employees or ex girlfriends getting revenge... This type of situation is in the news everyday... It doesn't mean the doctor couldn't have done some very nice thing for people in the past most people have... but the legal issue is whether or not he is writing prescriptions which are medically related to the patients dental condition.
anotherpervdoctor April 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM
he roofied his dates like a frat boy daddys money
VGM April 18, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I suppose in today’s world it is easier to believe the bad over the good, but this is not true.This is about an old employee who is a thief. Dr. Makarita is a hard working man who dedicates his life to the art of his dentistry. He has always been respectful and professional with me. I will continue to recommend him to anyone I meet.
Finally The Truth April 24, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Did you all read the new article in this case? It was today's front page of the Patch. I read every word. Interesting how the truth can be twisted and made to look completely the opposite of the real truth. The real truth is in the Defense's filings, with proof that KD is a real doozie. A convicted FELON. Shheeesh, most of the paperwork was hogged up by KD's criminal CONVICTION documents. One year suspended penitentiary time (6 years probation). But wait...based on these public documents, which are now FINALLY available on Oakton Patch, I have a question. If KD was convicted in 1992, got a six-year probation, but was FIRED in 1993 for insurance FRAUD, WASN'T SHE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF HER PROBATION?!!! Shouldn't SHE be the one in prison?!!! Wow, what balls (excuse my French). To be CONVICTED, almost go to jail, then turn around the very next year AND COMMIT MORE FRAUD? It's crazy that people are listening to the allegations of a convicted felon? Don't know about you, but it makes me sick. What's in it for the prosecution? Won't the look pretty silly in front of a jury? Hey, just my point of view - but if I were a juror reading both sides, I know where my vote would be. How about you? But before you answer, please read all the docs.
Mark L. Wright April 24, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Innocent until proven guilty! The Truth shall set you free! The FBI ruined the life of that poor man who was falsely accused of the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics. Last night the 3 lead stories on the news were about trials in progress. All the sensational reporting on air and print makes folks watch and buy papers. I don't any of these folks gives a damn about the guilt or innocence of the defendants as long as the ratings keep at respectable levels. They are all guilty of Contempt Prior to Investigation. My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Makarita for over 15 years. He is a good man and a superior Dentist. Everyone who is slamming this man is doing so without knowing all the facts. Many folks just like to kick anyone when they are down. The small mindedness of folks in America never ceases to amaze. The defense has been closed mouth about their evidence which will be presented at trial. Once the jury pronounces their verdict we will all know what's up. I believe this is a vendetta by a former employee who stole over $100,000.00 from his practice. We will continue to go to Dr. Makarita as our dentist. We will also support him through his trial. Hopefully, he will be vindicated of all charges. When this happens, I hope those of you who are kicking him while he is down will post apologies when he is found not guilty.
Tina June 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I am sorry so basically you know nothing about dr. Makarita


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