It appears that the stars have finally aligned and put colossal a-hole, Martin Shkreli, back in his place.
If you need reminding, Shkreli was the pharmaceutical CEO who drastically increased the cost of vital drug Daraprim, used to treat a deadly parasitic infection, by a whopping 5000%.
Earlier this year, he raised its price from $13.50 to $750 a pill, while proving he was a prime prick by simultaneously spending $2 million to buy 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin,' the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album in existence -- obviously, just so he could have "the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities and rappers who would want to hear it.”
The move, which had outraged medical professionals and all rational human beings in general, essentially put thousands of people suffering weakened immune systems as a result of HIV and chemotherapy at risk. For this, the head of Turing Pharmaceuticals was aggressively labeled "the most hated man in America," to which he slyly replied:
"It's a business, we're supposed to make as much money as possible."
Notably, his absurd comments drew harsh rebukes from Congress, with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rejecting Shkreli's $2,700 donation, directing it to an HIV clinic instead. Similarly, last month Hilary Clinton tried to get him to cut the cost of the drug, to which the cretin replied with a mere "lol."
Is this man a moron or what?
Shkreli arrested for securities fraud
Safe to say, the bumbling idiot (who also hilariously called himself "the world's most eligible bachelor" by the way!) has finally met his comeuppance in connection with something entirely different. And while he may have gotten away with having a stunted moral compass, the penal code has finally caught Shkreli in its web and intends to squash him like a repugnant little bug.
On Thursday, federal agents arrested Shkreli for securities fraud linked to the company he started. Along with an equally moronic associate lawyer, Evan Greebel, 'Pharma Bro' was charged with two counts of fraud and three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud. According to Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers:
“Shkreli essentially ran his company like a Ponzi scheme where he used each subsequent company to pay off defrauded investors from the prior company. [...] He is alleged to have made secret payoffs and set up sham consulting arrangements."
Apparently though, these shenanigans had been going on for quite some time and the massive tool had been losing money and lying to investors since he was in his 20s. Even back then, he made nine investors place $3 million on him when he had only $331 in the bank.
Unfortunately for Shkreli, all these years he wasn't the successful asshole he was pretending to be -- in fact, he was just a regular asshole.
And the majority of Twitter seems to agree, with the #Karma trending like mad right now:
Here's the official ruling from up there:
Oh, and my personal favorite:
So, what happens now?
Although Shkreli strongly denies the charges, the maximum sentence he could face is 20 years in prison. For now though, it seems that a $5 million bond package has been approved by a magistrate, allowing him to go home for the time being while the overwhelming case against him is compiled.
Yep, karma can be a real bitch, buddy! Have a great time trying to get cigarettes in prison.