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For Immediate Release

Contact:
May 29, 2013 Lynzey Donahue, U.S. Marshals Service (202) 307-9075
Jason Martinez, U.S. Marshals Service (202) 307-9743
Bob Sheehan, Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers
(512) 251-3002 (bob@txauction.com)
U.S. Marshals Holding National Jewelry Sale
Gold and Silver Bullion and Coins, Loose Diamonds, Fine Jewelry and Watches from Federal Crime Cases Nationwide to be Sold via Live and Web Simulcast Auction

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling more than 300 lots of gold and silver bullion and coins, loose diamonds, fine jewelry and watches from federal crime cases nationwide in a live and Web simulcast auction Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT in Las Vegas and online at www.txauction.com. A preview will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Room N114.

The U.S. Marshals Service consolidates pieces from cases nationwide and holds a large auction several times a year. Proceeds generated from the auctions are used to compensate victims of crimes and supplement law enforcement programs.

Some of the cases with assets being sold are as follows:

  • Pogos Satamyan of Glendale, Calif., participant in $100 million Medicare fraud scheme, lot 155, 6.6 pounds of gold pellets with a starting bid of $120,000

  • Brent Oncale of Houston, participant in $100 million fraud scheme, lot 314, a 4.9 carat diamond with a starting bid of $17,000

  • Drug-related cases out of eastern Virginia (lot 73), southern Florida (lot 77), central California (lot 102) and northern Illinois (lot 135) (see items below)

Gold pellets, diamond solitare
From l to r: Gold pellets starting at $120,000, lot 155; a 4.9 carat diamond starting at $17,000, lot 314.

Diamond bracelet, rolex watch, gold bar, diamond earring
From l to r: Items from drug-related cases include a diamond bracelet starting at $11,500, lot 73; a Rolex watch starting at $145,000, lot 77; a gold bullion bar starting at $42,000, lot 102; and a diamond earring starting at $21,000, lot 135.

For information on the auction, including a catalog, pictures, registration and terms and conditions, go to www.txauction.com or call 512-251-2780

For information on the criminal cases in this news release:
Satamyan: www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2010/nyfo101310.htm 
Oncale: www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/July/11-crm-961.html 

The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for managing and selling seized and forfeited properties acquired by federal criminals through illegal activities. Proceeds generated from asset sales are used to compensate victims, supplement funding for law enforcement initiatives and support community programs. As part of the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program, the Marshals currently manage more than 23,000 assets with a value of $2.4 billion.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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