A San Bernardino County physician’s assistant who pleaded guilty to illegally distributing a widely abused painkiller was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison.
Christopher Henry Lister, 51, of Victorville ran a mobile health clinic called Lister’s Mobile Health Services, and sold prescriptions for OxyContin to "street-level" drug dealers, prosecutors alleged in court papers.
Lister pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to distribute and attempt to distribute oxycodone, the generic name for OxyContin, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside.
Lister admitted selling prescriptions to people with no legitimate medical need for the medication, knowing they would sell the drugs, according to court records. An undercover DEA agent purchased a prescription written by Lister to a co-defendant in the case to whom Lister sold prescriptions, records state.