Martin Shkreli just can’t help himself. The notorious “pharma bro” who was recently convicted on three counts of fraud in connection with hedge funds, was released on $5 million bail, but his behavior since then has led to the Justice Department pushing for him to be locked up ASAP.
Earlier this week, Shkreli said in Facebook post (which he has since deleted), “On HRC’s book tour, try to grab a hair from her,” adding “Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.” He later claimed it was a form of satire, but it was enough for the DOJ to file a motion on Thursday arguing that Shkreli is a danger to society and his bail should be revoked.
“Shkreli’s latest threat is concerning not only because it has required a significant expenditure of resources by the United States Secret Service, which is charged with protecting Secretary Clinton,” the motion says, “but also because there is a significant risk that one of his many social media followers or others who learn of his offers through the media will take his statements seriously — as has happened previously — and act on them.”
Shkreli drew the ire of the nation in a separate matter, when as a pharmaceutical CEO he raised the price of the drug Daraprim from $13.50 per dose to $750.
Shkreli’s lawyers have until Tuesday to file a response, with a hearing to follow on Thursday.
Thursday night, after the motion was filed, Shkreli was back at it on Facebook, saying his initial post was “just a prank, bro!”
Clearly, he thinks the government is lacking a sense of humor. While Shkreli may be laughing now, he is facing as much as 20 years in prison for his crimes.