In a surprising twist of fate the man that most of America has hated ever since he raised the price of Daraprim to $750 a tablet has been arrested for securities fraud.
Martin Shkreli, 32, was arrested by the FBI in New York earlier today on charges involving his former hedge fund and a different pharmaceutical company he used to head up. According to Reuters, the current CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc. is being indicted because of his time managing hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and biopharmaceutical company Retrophin Inc.
News of the arrest caused endless amounts of delight on social media, with many taking to Twitter to joke at Shkreli's expense--mainly about both his bail being suddenly raised 5000 percent, the same amount he raised the price of Daraprim by, as well as the behaviors he might experience in jail.
Martin Shkreli's bail must be raised by 5000%
— ESK (@eskzul) December 17, 2015
Sorry Martin Shkreli: We just raised the price of a Get Out of Jail Free Card to $641 million. — Dave Pell (@davepell) December 17, 2015
Martin Shkreli disappointed to learn judge has arbitrarily raised bail from $5,000 to $10 billion. — Morgan's Adam (@MorgansAdam) December 17, 2015
Martin Shkreli: yo, I need protection. That's 2 cigarettes right? Bubba: now it's a carton. MS: WHAT! B: Economics, man. — Morgan's Adam (@MorgansAdam) December 17, 2015
Can't wait for Martin Shkreli to try to hike the price of prison cigarettes 7000%.
— pantagrapher (@pantagrapher) December 17, 2015
Bail for Martin Shkreli has been set at $2000. No, wait -- bail is suddenly $2.5 million. Weird! — daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 17, 2015
Please set Martin Shkreli's bail at $1,000,000. Then raise it 4000 percent — Joel Beall (@JoelMBeall) December 17, 2015
After they set Martin Shkreli's bail, they should increase it by 5000%. — Chris Pinckney (@cpinck) December 17, 2015
Others joked about Shrkeli's acquisition of the only copy of the new Wu-Tang Clan album:
By the way, will they accept a Wu-Tang album as bail? #Shkreli
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) December 17, 2015
There were also other musically related (and equally delightful) tweets:
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy There's vomit on his sweater already, martin shkreli pic.twitter.com/10JfxNxngo — Caro (@socarolinesays) December 17, 2015
And of course, many got in the spirit of the Holiday Season with their joy:
Sometimes, the world gives us an early Xmas present. https://t.co/2LAOeB84uN
— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) December 17, 2015
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a warrant for Martin Shkreli. — Revolution (@ohiotimmons3) December 17, 2015
And in jail, that old grinch Martin Shkreli's heart grew to 750 times its original size. But his heart meds had been repriced and he died
— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) December 17, 2015