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For Immediate Release

October 16, 2017 Lynzey Donahue,
USMS Office of Public Affairs; (703) 740-1699
Jennifer Crane,
U.S. Marshals Asset Forfeiture Division; 202-246-8114
Bob Sheehan,
Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers; 512-251-2780
US Marshals Selling Collection of 21 Luxury, Performance Vehicles from Mobile, Alabama, Pill Mill Case
Vehicles for sale include an Aston Martin, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, a Saleen S7, and more
Washington – U.S. Marshals are holding a live auction in Austin, Texas, Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT for 21 luxury and performance vehicles from a pill mill case in Mobile, Alabama. The vehicles are from the federal criminal case against Dr. John Patrick Couch and Dr. Xiulu Ruan in the Southern District of Alabama.

The auction will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport hotel at 9515 Hotel Drive. The date and location coincide with the Formula One Grand Prix. In addition to the vehicles, approximately 129 lots of fine jewelry and watches from other cases throughout the country will also be sold. The auction will also be simulcast on the web, so people can participate without having to attend in person.

An auction preview will take place Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. Pre-bidding is currently underway via the Gaston & Sheehan auction website,

“The proceeds from the sale of these lavish vehicles are intended to go to healthcare providers that were defrauded by Dr. Couch and Dr. Ruan during their massive pill mill operation,” said U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Alabama Charles Andrews. “No amount of money can fix the devastation caused by these two individuals. However, we can take away their ill-gotten gains and sell them, providing some level of justice to the victims.”

Vehicles being sold include an Aston Martin, a Shelby Series 1, a Maserati, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, a Saleen S7, and more.

2008 Black Bently GTC Convertible 2006 Green Aston Martin DB9
From l to r: 2007 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible (mileage: 7,789) and 2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible (mileage: 10,773)
2008 Orange Lamborghini Murcielago Convertible 2006 Black Saleen s7
From l to r: 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago Convertible (mileage: 5,783) and 2006 Saleen S7 (mileage: 1,153)

Couch, 52, and Ruan, 54, were convicted by a jury in March for running a massive pill mill in Mobile. They were convicted on many charges, including racketeering; conspiracy to prescribe controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice; conspiracy to commit healthcare, mail and wire fraud; and conspiracy to receive illegal kickbacks. Couch was sentenced to 20 years and Ruan was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison.

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The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program is a key component of the federal government’s law enforcement efforts to combat major criminal activity by disrupting and dismantling illegal enterprises, depriving criminals of the proceeds of illegal activity, deterring crime and restoring property to victims. The U.S. Marshals Service plays a critical role in identifying and evaluating assets that represent the proceeds of crime as well as efficiently managing and selling assets seized and forfeited by DOJ. Proceeds generated from asset sales are used to operate the program, compensate victims and support various law enforcement efforts.


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