U.S. Marshals are auctioning three replica movie cars that were seized following a case involving medicare fraud.
According to the Department of Justice, Ryan Sheridan owned and operated Braking Point Recovery Centers in Ohio and billed the government $48 (£38.1 / €42) million for drug and alcohol recovery services. However, many of those services were “not provided, not medically necessary, lacked proper documentation, or had other issues that made them ineligible for reimbursement.”
Sheridan pled guilty to a number of charges last October and was ordered to pay $24,479,939 (£19,444,048 / €21,452,137) in restitution. To help recover the funds, a forfeiture order was issued and these replicas were among the items seized by the government.
First up is a Batmobile which draws inspiration from 1989’s Batman. The listing is light on specifics, but the car is based on a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic and features a 5.7-liter V8 engine that powers the rear wheels.
The model has been completely reworked as it features custom bodywork that recalls the iconic movie car. Among the highlights are a turbine-style intake, massive fins and a jet fighter-like canopy. The replica also sports a unique interior with a plethora of gauges.
The next model up for grabs is a 1959 Cadillac that has been transformed to look like the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. As a result, it has a white exterior with emergency lights and Ghostbusters logos.
There doesn’t appear to be any interior changes, but the model has white leather seats and red carpeting. It also appears that this replica was created by Barris Kustoms.
The third and final replica is a 1981 DeLorean which mimics the one used in the Back to the Future trilogy. As part of the makeover, it has been equipped with rear-mounted thrusters and exterior wiring.
The cabin has also been transformed as it features ‘time clocks’ and a warning message that says “serious shit” happens when you hit 88 mph (142 km/h). Other highlights include a flux capacitor and several signatures including one that might be Christopher Lloyd’s.
The cars are being offered through the Skipco Auto Auction and they’ll go under the hammer on August 1st. For those can’t attend, the auction will be livestreamed and bids can be placed online.
In a statement, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott of the Northern District of Ohio said, “These three flashy cars are an example of the ill-gotten gains obtained with the tens of millions of dollars that Ryan Sheridan stole from Medicare, and therefore American taxpayers.”