New York City, NY – Martin Shkreli, a lightning rod for growing outrage over soaring prescription drug prices, was arrested in New York by the FBI on Thursday on securities fraud charges involving his former hedge fund and a pharmaceutical company he previously headed. Shkreli, who is now chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, was charged in a federal indictment related to his time managing hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and heading biopharmaceutical company Retrophin Inc.
A source within the FBI told the media that Shkreli allegedly pleaded with the arresting agents to “cut a deal” with him, saying that he would “serve up those who helped him on a silver platter” if the agents would make it possible for him to “avoid a prison cell by any means necessary, especially cells that are located in General Population.” He reportedly made claims that he “knows what sort of things happen throughout the prison system,” and that he would “rather die than be raped by angry, black, HIV-positive inmates.”
Once the agents explained to Shkreli that they had no influence on the decision which prison he would be sent to, nor the type of cell or cellmates he would be paired with, Shkreli reportedly burst into tears, crying out, “I didn’t do it alone, I swear, he made me do it!” However, upon realizing what he had said and when the agents started insisting he tell them who he was referring to, Shkreli allegedly calmed down and murmured, “You should be getting a phone call very soon.”
There are rumors that Shkreli’s arrest is part of a major sting operation, one that is targeting a high-ranking politician in the GOP, the Washington Post reported on Monday. According to the report, someone in the Republican Party seems to have been working with Shkreli and, in fact, instructed him to raise the price of Daraprim, a 62-year-old treatment for a dangerous parasitic infection, to $750 a tablet from $13.50, a move that made Shkreli one of the most hated people throughout the medical community and nation. Oddly enough, the name “Mike Huckabee” could be heard echoing through the FBI Headquarters in New York sometime after the arrest.
Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a Republican presidential candidate, could not be reached for comment. Shkreli, on the other hand, remains silent on the identity of his shadow aide, while there are reports that he has barricaded himself in his holding cell in the FBI headquarters and is allegedly refusing to speak to anyone, except a priest. A source in the building also revealed that he has asked for the priest to be equipped with a DIY enema kit.