Prosecutors Seek to Revoke Martin Shkreli’s Bail, Citing Threat to Hillary Clinton

Convicted 'Pharma bro' encouraged assaulting former First Lady in a Facebook post.

September 9, 2017 5:00 am
Martin Shkreli
From left: Attorney Benjamin Brafman and ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, August 1, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Jurors are continuing deliberations on Tuesday. Shkreli faces eight counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Federal prosecutors are now seeking to revoke Martin Shkreli’s $5 million bail, due to one of the pharmaceutical executive’s recent Facebook posts threatening Hillary Clinton, per The New York Times.

Shkreli, nicknamed the “Pharma bro” because of his nose-thumbing attitude in the wake of a scandal, rose to infamy in 2015 after his company bumped up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent. Last month, he was convicted of fraud.

Shkreli, who has over 93,500 followers on the social platform, wrote on Monday in a now-deleted post that “On [Clinton’s] book tour, try to grab a hair from her….Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.” Shkreli later claimed that the post about paying a bounty for Clinton’s hair was “satire”—but that was not before the Secret Service, who still protect Clinton, started an investigation into it.

Notes the Times: “The Secret Service … spent ‘significant additional resources’ investigating Mr. Shkreli’s offer and tried to interview him. He posted on Facebook that he had declined but would be ‘peacefully protesting the Hillary Clinton book signing in NYC.’”

Shkreli has since posted to his page this message: “Lol Hillary Clinton’s presumptive agents are hard at work. It was just a prank, bro! But still, lock HER up. Spend your resources investigating her, not me!!” He followed that up with a taunting message, which reads “F—k the government….Come at me with you hardest because I haven’t seen anything impressive yet.”

Shkreli’s sentencing date has yet to be set, but he could face up to 20 years in prison following his fraud conviction.

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