Controversial AIDS drug mogul Martin Shkreli – who was formerly a silent partner in Collect Records – has been arrested on fraud charges.
Shkreli hit the headlines earlier this year when he raised the price of Daraprim by 5000% from $13.50 (£8.79) to $750 (£488) a pill. Collect Records boss Geoff Rickly, who is also the frontman with No Devotion, quickly cut all ties with Shkreli and said he was completely “blindsided” by his former partner’s actions.
According to the BBC, the boss of Turing Pharmaceuticals is now accused of running a “Ponzi scheme” at Retrophin, a drug company he previously headed, and hedge fund MSMB Capital Management, where he was a fund manager. FBI prosecutors allege Mr Shkreli cheated Retrophin investors out of $11m (£7.3m).
Announcing the arrest, US Attorney Robert Capers, said: “Shkreli engaged in multiple schemes to ensnare investors through a web of lies and deceit.”
Shkreli said through a lawyer that he expects to be “fully vindicated.”
He was bailed for $5million (£3.3m) and will appear in court at a later date.