A Riverside County man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison for running a narcotics distribution outfit that, in part, stole at least nine doctors’ DEA numbers and dates of birth that he used to obtain oxycodone and other prescription medications that he later sold on the darknet.
Christopher Lazenby, 29, of Homeland, was sentenced in Los Angeles by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson.
Lazenby pleaded guilty in September to charges of possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Lazenby perpetrated his scheme by stealing the identities of at least nine doctors and one physician’s assistant. He then used the Drug Enforcement Administration’s online registration system to change the addresses of doctors to mailboxes he had rented in South Los Angeles and Carson. Lazenby changed the address of one of the doctors to show his medical office was a room at a Motel 6 in Inglewood, according to documents filed in Los Angeles federal court.
With official records showing new addresses for the doctors, Lazenby forged the doctors’ signatures on counterfeit prescriptions and ordered oxycodone, hydrocodone and Adderall to be sent to the addresses he controlled, he admitted in a plea agreement. After he received the narcotics, Lazenby used the dark web and Craigslist to advertise the drugs for sale.
Lazenby was arrested on Oct. 3, 2018, at his hotel room in Torrance, which he had rented using an alias. During searches of his hotel room and car, law enforcement seized narcotics, including 196 grams of methamphetamine, oxycodone pills, prescription pads in the names of the identity theft victims, and rubber stamps in the names of the victim doctors, evidence showed.
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