Everybody’s favorite hedge fund whipping boy just keeps taking his punches. The internet collectively celebrated last week with the news that Martin Shkreli had been arrested for some financial shenanigans, a fitting outcome to one of the most hated men of 2015. After the self-proclaimed “pharma bro” (make that “karmabro”) bought the patent to a common anti-parasitic drug and immediately increased its price by 5000%, it seemed there was no stopping the greed.
That is, until FBI investigators discovered that Shkreli allegedly took profits from one of his pharmaceutical companies to pay off the debt of his hedge fund in order to avoid the severe deficit. The end result was an investigation for the misdoings and his subsequent arrest for securities fraud for bilking his investors.
Now, just for the proverbial icing on the cake, Shkreli’s Twitter account was apparently hacked–it’s either that, or the hopefully soon-to-be-convicted felon himself has no sense of propriety where social media is concerned. With tweets that included declarations that he’s a god, among other things, it seemed the former was the issue. Shkreli himself has taken to Twitter to state that the account was, indeed, hacked but that he is now back in control of the posts. He also claims that the allegations against him are “baseless and without merit,” and he retweeted a CNBC article that quotes his representative as saying that the SEC doesn’t know how accounting works. His proof of innocence in what the investigators are calling a Ponzi scheme is that his investors have made money, something which Ponzi victims don’t do.
At this time, the hacked tweets to Shkreli’s account have been deleted.