Controversial Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO recently resigned over stock fraud allegations
The Twitter account of Martin Shkreli, the man who bought the only copy of Wu Tang Clan‘s album ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ and was recently arrested by the FBI for stock fraud, has been reportedly hacked.
Shkreli recently made headlines by buying the rights to life-saving drug Daraprim and increasing the cost from $13.50 a pill to $750. He then went on to purchase Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ double album, of which just one copy exists, for $2 million (£1.3 million).
Shkreli was also recently charged with illegally taking stock from his biotechnology firm Retrophin Inc and using it to pay debts from other, unrelated business dealings. Shkreli would face up to 20 years in jail if convicted on all charges.
Having previously described the charges as “baseless”, tweets from Shkreli’s Twitter account now claim that he is offering the Wu-Tang Clan album in exchange for retweets and is also giving away “free money”.
“I am now a god,” one tweet reads.
A spokesperson for Shkreli has claimed that the account has been hacked, telling Reuters: “We have been working with Twitter to get it fixed”.
Shkreli recently tweeted a response to the fraud charges, stating that he is “confident” that he will “prevail”, while calling the allegations “baseless and without merit”.
Following Shkreli’s arrest at his Manhattan home, the FBI tweeted to confirm that they had not seized the Wu-Tang Clan album during the arrest.
Shkreli pleaded not guilty at federal court in Brooklyn to seven counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. He was released on bail on a $5m bond, and tweeted to thank his supporters on his arrival at home.
Shkreli also announced his resignation as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals.