Bad-boy ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli calls fraud charges ‘baseless’
NEW YORK — Bad-boy ex-pharmaceutical company CEO Martin Shkreli says fraud allegations against him are “baseless and without merit.”
Shkreli tweeted Saturday: “I am confident I will prevail.”
The 32-year-old former hedge fund manager pleaded not guilty Thursday in Brooklyn federal court and was released on $5 million bail.
Shkreli was charged with securities fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors say from 2009 to 2014, Shkreli lost some of his hedge fund investors’ money through bad trades, then looted a pharmaceutical company where he was CEO for $11 million to pay back his disgruntled clients.
Shkreli was already widely reviled because a drug company he founded raised the price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He resigned as the company’s CEO on Friday.