Prosecutors seek to revoke Martin Shkreli's bail after threatening comments

Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked the judge who presided over Martin Shkreli's trial for securities fraud to revoke the $5 million bond posted by the so-called 'Pharma bro' and lock him up.
By Ed Mason | Sep 11, 2017
Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked the judge who presided over Martin Shkreli's trial for securities fraud to revoke the $5 million bond posted by the so-called 'Pharma bro' and lock him up.

Prosecutors accuse Shkreli, who was convicted last month by a Brooklyn federal jury of three counts of securities fraud and is currently awaiting sentencing, of engaging in "a pattern of threats and harassment," including asking Facebook followers to "grab" some hair from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for $5,000.

"So on HRC's book tour, try to grab a hair from her," Shkreli posted on Sept. 4, according to Bloomberg. "I must confirm the sequencing I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton. Payment after the sequence matches. Good luck patrollers."

Shkreli became notorious in 2015 when his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price of a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug called Darapim by more than 5,000 percent.

The government says Shkreli appears to have violated laws prohibiting threats against immediate family members of former presidents, adding that his Facebook posting triggered an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service that has "expended significant additional resources to ensure Secretary Clinton's protection."

Clinton is scheduled to appear at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City's Union Square on Sept. 12.

Prosecutors argue that Shkreli has harassed Hillary Clinton before when in Sept. 2016 he stood outside Chelsea Clinton's Manhattan apartment building, where the former secretary of state was recuperating after becoming ill during a memorial service at the World Trade Center, and heckled her during a two-hour live-streaming marathon.

"Shkreli's own prior actions, and his influence over others who have previously acted in reliance of his statements, demonstrate why the government view his latest actions with concern," prosecutors told the court.

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