The Washington Post reports:
Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager awaiting sentencing for defrauding his investors, should have his bail revoked after offering his Facebook followers $5,000 to grab a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair during her book tour, federal prosecutors say.
Shkreli’s conduct since his conviction in early August has escalated and he poses a threat to the community, the prosecutors said in a letter to the judge late Thursday. In addition to his Facebook post concerning Hillary Clinton, which drew the attention of the Secret Service, he has made harassing comments to other women online, they said.
“Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment that warrant his detention pending sentencing,” prosecutors said in their letter to the judge in the case. “The Court should further find that there is no condition or combination of conditions to which the defendant will abide that will ensure that he does not pose a danger to the community.”
NBC News reports:
In a Facebook rant after the feds filed the motion late Thursday, the convicted fraudster nicknamed “Pharma Bro” used a four-letter word against “the government” and then tossed out a challenge. “I will never kiss their ring or snitch,” he wrote. “Come at me with you [sic] hardest because I haven’t seen anything impressive yet.”
Shkreli, 34, who was convicted of three counts of securities fraud but acquitted of five other criminal counts last month, faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced at an unspecified date.
Prosecutors said the Secret Service had to launch an investigation and “expended significant additional resources” to ensure no one tried to grab Clinton’s hair while she was on a book tour. They also cited crude comments he made online against a journalist and a pundit with whom he has feuded.