“One doctor also received tens of thousands of dollars from the drug manufacturer, Insys, for speaking engagements where he promoted its product, Subsys.” (The Prosecution)
Want to buy a sexy car? We know where you can get a pretty good deal on one or two. A Shelby? Maybe a Rolls Royce or a Lamborghini. These are just a few of the many exotic vehicles seized by a Drug Enforcement team 2 years ago, back when they and the FBI raided the pain clinics and secret storage garage, operated by a pair of drug-dealing doctors in Mobile Alabama.
A federal investigation had shut down their two drug houses – sham medical clinics the neighborhood knew as Physicians’ Pain Specialists of Alabama. That was in May 2015, after investigators discovered the doctors were in the business of illegally marketing appalling volumes of potent narcotics, for fun and profit. At least 4 of their so-called “patients” were found dead, at different times, overdosed.
For more than a year detectives looked into what the physicians were really doing behind closed doors. They learned that Doctor John P Couch and Doctor Xiulu Ruan wrote, for example, just under 67,000 prescriptions in 2014 alone, deliberately “over-prescribing controlled substances to amass wealth.” Their frantic scribblings amounted to scrawling out a prescription once every 4 minutes, of every work day of the year. Were these people “patients?” Of course not. They were asked no medical history nor underwent any medical assessments. Few had anything that even smacked of a legitimate medical record. They were customers. Often addicts. Often street dealers themselves.
One former clinic employee testified at trial that the 2 doctors would routinely play a friendly game, to see who could churn out the most prescriptions by the end of the day. And all the while, they raked in millions in cash. What could be more fun?
And so it comes to pass that Doctor Xiulu Ruan and his partner-in-crime, Doctor John P Couch, were convicted on a whole litany of felonies on February 23 of this year. Couch and Ruan were found guilty on 19 counts in Mobile Federal Court, following a 4-week trial, over “excessive and dangerous” prescriptions. They were convicted on charges of Controlled Substance Distribution, Conspiracy, Healthcare Fraud, Money Laundering.
And the fancy, very expensive cars? Well, they are the spoils of crimes; assets worth millions, seized by investigators. The cars were tagged and towed away because they were bought with money as a result of a long string of criminal acts. Now to be sold at police impound auctions.
Ruan’s collection of exotic cars has been a key aspect in the public interest in the case. So just for fun, we thought you might like to see what a drug-dealing doctor’s “hot car” collection might look like:
- Aston Martin DB9 Volante
- Audi R8 Spyder
- Bentley Armage
- Bentley Continental GT
- BMW M6
- Ferrari F430 Convertible
- Ferrari 599 GTB
- Lamborghini Diablo
- Mercedes SLR
- 2 Mercedes SLS AMG’s
- Shelby Series 1
- Spyker C8 Laviolette
- Saleen S7
- Porsche 9TC
The daffy doc duo are due to be sentenced sometime this Spring. They each face 200-year prison terms. Society will be lucky if they serve even 10% of that.
Incidentally, Xiulu Ruan is an immigrant from China. And as we have noted dutifully for more than 10 years, immigrant physicians are the root cause an appalling amount of crime. Will Ruan be deported? Don’t be silly.
The U.S. does not deport drug-dealing doctor felons. We relicense them.
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