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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy

Eccentric former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, dubbed "the most hated man in America", has been convicted of fraud for deceiving investors in a pair of failing hedge funds.

A jury in Brooklyn deliberated nearly five days before returning guilty verdicts against Shkreli, 34, on two counts of securities fraud and a single count of conspiracy. He was derisively called "Pharma Bro" on social media-so he adopted that as his handle on League of Legends. As he spoke, Shkreli smiled and cocked his head quizzically in mock confusion. Prosecutors had a different take. "Count 7 was the government's attempt to theorize that I robbed Peter to pay Paul, and investors found this was not the case".

Prosecutors said he kept making frightful stock picks which forced him to cook up schemes to recover millions in losses. The case, heard in a federal court in NY, focused on allegations that he blew investors' money on bad stock picks before raiding his drug company of stock and cash to pay them back.

"Who lost anything? Nobody", Brafman said in his closing argument.

Martin Shkreli, who became a national symbol of pharmaceutical company villainy after massively increasing the price of a drug, has been convicted on securities fraud charges, according to CNBC.

After the verdict was handed down, federal judge Kiyo Matsumoto allowed Shkreli to walk free on $5 million bail, with a sentencing date not yet set. Several potential jurors were kept off the panel after expressing disdain for the defendant, with one calling him a "snake" and another "the face of corporate greed".

Wearing a short-sleeved dark polo shirt and khaki jeans, Shkreli flashed his trademark smile as he and his lawyers held an off the cuff news meeting outside the courthouse. Investors testified that they forked over money after hearing from others that Shkreli was a "rising star" in the hedge fund world, and were willing to dismiss his quirks, even when he greeted one investor in fluffy slippers and a stethoscope.

Brafman also said, "I think this verdict is a reasonably good verdict under the circumstances ... we are 90 percent pleased".

Prosecutors convinced the jury of five men and seven women that Shkreli, 34, misled investors in two of his hedge funds, MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare. They found him weird. "This trial has been a difficult voyage for all of us, and it was a difficult voyage because it was a difficult case", Brafman said.

Martin Shkreli, also known as "Pharma Bro", was dealt some justice after all of the legal loopholes he has used to increase the price of a life-saving HIV drug.

Shkreli additionally told columnists he would proceed with his own claim against Retrophin, saying his part as CEO there might have been "ended by some terrible on-screen characters", and that the organization at the focal point of the securities misrepresentation case would "be keeping in touch with me a vast check later on".

"All of this was a witch hunt of epic proportions".

Prosecutors "blame me for everything", he said.



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