Seized Batmobile, Ecto-1 And DeLorean Replicas To Be Auctioned
Illegally-bought recreations of the iconic cars from Batman, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future are soon heading to the auction block. The U.S. Marshals Service announced plans for a car-forfeiture auction on August 1st containing three of the most iconic movie cars of the 1980s: Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future and the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Ryan Sheridan was one of six people charged in a sixty-count indictment for fraudulently billing $48 million from Medicaid for drug and alcohol services at the Braking Point Recovery addiction rehabilitation facilities in Ohio. Sheridan was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison and ordered to repay almost $25 million to Ohio Medicare including the use seized assets such as cash, real estate and vehicles.
According to police, Sheridan had been over-billing Medicaid by tens of millions of dollars between 2015 and 2017. This was allegedly done through his business, the Braking Point Recovery Center, which had offices in the Ohio towns of Austintown and Whitehall. In January, Sheridan was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than $24 million in restitution. In addition to the movie car replicas heading up for auction, prosecutors also sought to seize Sheridan’s property and more than $2.9 million in cash and accounts. It would seem that the real Batman would be very disappointed in Sheridan.
The auction will be held in Canal Fulton, Ohio, at 9 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 1. Skipco Auto Auction will be hosting the event. Only up to 120 people will be permitted to enter the premises, with face masks strongly encouraged along with social distancing. It will also be simulcast online for potential buyers to place their bids without attending the auction in person. Anyone interested must first register online at http://www.skipco.com/Skipco, at which point bidders can even input their maximum bids ahead of the auction if they do not wish to participate during the live auction. This information comes to us from the U.S. Marshals Service.
What would a 1980s movie car collection be without an Ecto-1? This 1959 Cadillac ambulance is a done up to look like the Ecto-1 from the original Ghostbusters movie from 1984. About the only thing missing from this car is a set of proton packs!