Pharma Bro’s social media antics were a persistent thorn in the side of federal prosecutors during his recent securities fraud trial, but now, those some prosecutors are arguing that Martin Shkreli’s recent – and bizarre – posts are enough to have the judge withdraw his bail.
The three assistant U.S. Attorneys who convicted Shkreli of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars filed a letter with Judge Kiyo Matsumoto on Thursday claiming that Shkreli’s latest posts constitute an “escalating pattern of threats and harassment,” New York Daily News reported.
That’s because Shkreli is trying to bribe his followers into attending former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book tour events so that they can obtain a strand of her hair.
“The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on HRC’s hook tour, try to grab a hair from her. I must confirm the sequences I have,” Shrkeli wrote on Facebook, referring to a DNA sample he obtained that supposedly belongs to the former Secretary of State. “Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton. Payment after the sequence matches. Good luck, patrollers.”
Shkreli’s prosecutors noted that “the Secret Service launched an investigation and has informed the government that it has expended significant additional resources to ensure Secretary Clinton’s protection.” But that didn’t seem to scare Pharma Bro in the slightest.
“The Secret Service has requested an interview with me,” he divulged on Facebook. “I am declining that interview – schedule is full. I will be peacefully protesting the Hillary Clinton book signing in NYC, chanting ‘lock her up’ with my friends, though.”
Last month, Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy and faces up to 45 years in prison altogether. He remains free on $5 million bail, but his frenzied Facebook posts could jeopardize that. Perhaps because of the risk of losing his bail, Shkreli has since edited the post to call it “satire,” but federal prosecutors believe that one of his Facebook friends could take it seriously.
Judge Matsumoto scheduled a hearing for the request on September 14.