An ex-physician pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for illegally prescribing and distributing the semi-synthetic opioid painkiller oxycodone to undercover operatives who visited the physician's Victorville medical office. Wendell Mark Street, 67, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of illegally prescribing oxycodone to patients without a legitimate medical purpose. Street admitted that, while he was a licensed anesthesiologist, on August 1, 2013, he sold two prescriptions for $300 each to a confidential informant and an undercover investigator with the California Medical Board. He further admitted that he wrote the prescriptions without a legitimate medical purpose and intentionally acted outside the usual course of professional practice, including by failing to conduct a physical examination, establish diagnostic testing, provide a treatment plan, and create documentation to establish a medication indication for the prescriptions. The investigation showed that Street prescribed 7,769 prescriptions for narcotics, including 437,000 doses of oxycodone, from November 2012 to November 2013.
Street lost his California medical license in 2016.