LA Man Wrote Prescriptions, Resold them on the Darkweb

A Riverside County man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for stealing the identities of at least nine doctors, using their identities to write prescriptions for himself, filling the prescriptions, and then selling the pharmaceuticals on the darkweb.

Christopher Lazenby, 29, of Riverside County, California, stole the identities of at least nine doctors as well as one physician’s assistant as a part of a drug trafficking scheme, according to an announcement from the United States Attorney’s Office. He the identities of doctors because he needed their DEA numbers. Using the stolen identities, Lazenby accessed the DEA’s online registration system and changed the doctor’s addresses to the addresses of mailboxes he had rented in South Los Angeles as well as in Carson. He changed the address of one doctor’s medical office to the address of a room at a Motel 6 in Inglewood.

Christopher Lazenby

Christopher Lazenby

Lazenby had prescription pads with the names and DEA numbers of legitimate doctors. He also had fake IDs for at least six identities. Using the prescription pads, Lazenby wrote prescriptions for fake or stolen identities under his control. He forged the doctor’s signature on the prescription and had them filled by pharmacies, both online and in person.

The DEA’s investigation began after they learned about a number of fraudulent address changes for doctors in and around Los Angeles. The case was simple. Investigators checked out the recently changed addresses for doctors in the area and learned that someone matching Lazenby’s description had rented mailboxes at a number of UPS stores. He had used fake driver’s licenses and fake names to rent the mailboxes but the DEA still had enough information to identify Lazenby from the ID photos. Additionally, Lazenby had registered as the customer in his rental application at one of the UPS stores where he had also used a photo ID with his real name and picture.

During the DEA’s investigation into the mailboxes, the UPS store employees notified the DEA about packages addressed to Lazenby’s rentals. In nearly every instance recorded by the DEA and listed in court documents, Express Scripts had shipped the packages to a patient C/O Lazenby. Lazenby also controlled the identity of the patient on the address label.

After receiving packages, Lazenby resold the prescriptions on the darkweb as well as on Craigslist, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Many of the court documents filed after the original criminal complaint were filed under seal and are therefore unavailable to public, limiting the amount of information about the distribution aspect of Lazenby’s operation.

DEA Special Agent Erwin M. Benedicto:

Staff at the UPS Store showed me the three parcels. There was an approximately two inch rip in the side of the FedEx parcel, through which I was able to observe that the FedEx parcel contains three pharmacy pill bottles; labeling on one bottle showed that it contained hydrocodone […], labeling on a second bottle showed that it contained Adderall […], and I was not able to read the label on the third bottle.

And later, after obtaining a search warrant for the packages, the Special Agent listed the contents of the packages:

a. The FedEx parcel contained:
(i) one bottle of hydrocodone/acetaminophen Tab 10/325, 28 tablets;
(ii) one bottle Vyvanse Caps 70 mg, 180 tablets; and
(iii) one bottle amphetamine mix 30 mg, 180 tablets.

b. The UPS parcel contained:
(i) one bottle alprazolam 1 mg

c. The USPS parcel contained:
(i) one bottle hydromorphone HCL 8 mg; and
(ii) one bottle amphetamine mix 20 mg, 180 tablets.

The DEA learned that Lazenby had been staying at a Residence Inn by Marriot in Torrance during the investigation. In October 2018, investigators spoke with the hotel manager about Lazenby. The manager informed investigators that Lazenby “has recently been receiving shipments of parcels to the hotel, and that [Lazenby] has been dropping off parcels with the hotel front desk for outbound shipment.” Investigators viewed electronic logs confirming the manager’s statements.

Final words from Lazenby

Final words from Lazenby

Law enforcement arrested Lazenby in November 2018.

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.

In September 2019, Lazenby pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone. On March 9, 2020, United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson sentenced Lazenby to 120 months in federal prison. Other sentencing information has not yet been unsealed.

17 Comments

I’m a Doctor

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

He had a great idea he just wasn’t smart enough to get away with it

Hydromorphone

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Everything in the seize sucked except for the Dilaudid, lol. Meth is for trash individuals. Who the fuck does Vyvanse? Adderral was alright but also trash. Real alprazolam is fine, but they’re 1mg and I doubt he wrote a large number script. Anything with Tylenol is a no.

How is this a win? The police force continue to show shit captures just because they want to show the appearance of making active arrests. Meanwhile there are multiple global enterprise-level markets making undisclosed amounts (estimates in the high hundred thousand to millions) a week. All you caught was some idiot using fake IDs and stolen identities? Very impressive.

With the invention of Dread, OMG compliance, kill-switches, more intuitive programmers, the law will continue to fail for the rest of time so long as Tor is available. What’s even better now is the fact that there are blockchain markets such as Particl that self regulate without the need of a human ticket support system or a network such as Tor. Once this project or a similar blockchain project are good to go and fully functional, police intervention will be a thing of the past.

It’s truly over. Press releases like this piss me off because it’s a waste of my tax dollars. The DEA is a joke.

l0g

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Cheers Hydro.

Damn

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Dude really had the set up going.... Wish I would of known him I would of had him write hella scripts for lean and roxy 30s... can't believe he didn't get any pain pills

I'm not a Doctor

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

lmao facebook

thank you all for being the low hanging fruit

GooseyGoose

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Im guessing he never tried to write lots of scripts for pain pills because these days a pharmacist will often call the MD on the script if its a first time prescription for oxys etc.

He did get pain pills

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

what do you think hydrocodone and hydromorphone are

Doug from accounts recievable

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

@Hydromofo This was a basic identity theft case which most reasonable people would fully support busting. This guy was an out of control whackjob and it's good he's off the streets. TOR and drug dealers are engaged in an arms race with LE. No system will remain secure for long no matter how good the hype. Fuck the drug war and fuck weasels who fuck over doctors who turn the costs over to patients.

10 yrs for this

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

in my country and as first time offender he would get a few months. seems like the pharma jews were angry he took away their drug dealing business

prolly not first offence

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

In his facebook post he mentions Impact - which is a inpatient rehab / sober living in Pasadena and other parts of LA. Not sure what MBC stands for, but if he was at impact, it means he is an addict, so at 27 years old its pretty unlikely its his first offence.

He said pharma jews

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

You are so cool. How can I be a dickless nazi like you?

fakeasfuck@upsalldayyyyyy

Thu, Mar 12, 2020

you gotta use ups fedex usps aint in eu ;)

chess

Sun, Mar 15, 2020

how the fuck did he get 10 years when a fcking pedo literally 2 articles below this guy got SEVEN YEARS. fuck AMERICA.

@prollynotfirstoffence

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Impact could also mean Impact Jiu-Jitsu

FedUp

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

HYDROMORPHONE: Is right-On! The young man Christopher Lazenby, 29, of Riverside County, California has his life ruined. The DEA must be so proud of their agents, their organization has bagged a small fry. Why is the DEA holding this up as an example of their success! This kind of police work is amateurish, and so far beneath the high ideals for which the DEA was created. The amount of drugs this guy was moving is peanuts compared to the amount of drugs American Big-Pharma is pushing out to the american people! 10 years?! God help us.

The meth got him that time

Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Federal statutes for meth are fucking ridiculous. Federal law mandates a prison term - even for first convictions - of at least 5 years for anyone convicted of possessing 5 grams of meth with the intent to distribute it, and at least 10 years for possessing 50 grams for distribution purposes (see 21 U.S.C. § 841(a), (b)(1)(B)(viii)). These mandatory minimums double for anyone with a prior.

He got stuck with the opiate charge because: opioid crisis. The other charges were dropped probably in a plea bargain – he pled guilty to save the govt. time & resources on a full grand jury trial in exchange for a few of those lesser offenses dropped. Honestly, 120 months would only cover the mandatory minimum for the meth charge, so I’m guessing he had his sentence reduced under 5K1.1/Rule 3553 B for giving “substantial assistance to the U.S. prosecutor” or, i.e. he probably snitched to get time off his sentence.

heyfbi

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

we know you read this your mother is on blacked.com

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