Former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli was found guilty Friday on three counts of fraud. Veuer’s Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story.
Seemingly everyone had an online opinion Friday after “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli was found guilty of three criminal charges in an attention-grabbing trial that began in June.
The former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals is probably most well-known as the exec who in 2015 ordered a 5000% price hike on a prescription drug to treat an illness that afflicts AIDS patients and others with weakened immune systems.
This case, for which the trial began on June 28, was over allegations that Shkreli defrauded investors in two hedge funds he’d managed. He was also charged with repaying the investors with money looted from Retrophin, a pharmaceutical company he founded and headed. However, jurors found him not guilty on that charge.
Shkreli had primed the social network pump, taking to Twitter Thursday during the third day of jury deliberations, tweeting, “Cmon gimme dat verdict.”
When the verdict came in Friday afternoon, an outpouring of commentary ensued. U.K.-based commenter “@1andrewfenton” suggested that prison guards charge Shkreli $1,000 per pill “if he goes to jail and requests an aspirin for a headache.”
Similarly, college teacher “@BenjaminJS” predicted the prison commissary might inflate the cost of shower sandals: “That’ll be $700.”
An administrative professional who uses Twitter name “@icterid” joked that Shkreli would be working at the White House soon,” trolling a Shkreli post on Facebook last week that he was “in for comms director” after Anthony Scaramucci’s short stint in that White House post.