Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli: The SEC Was Targeting Me Because I’m ‘Flamboyant and Personable’

The “Pharma Bro” is speaking out following his conviction on three Federal counts relating to securities fraud and conspiracy on Aug. 4. And he’s claiming that the feds were out to get him.

Appearing on Mornings with Maria, former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli — who infamously raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 in 2015 — contends that someone at the SEC told Shkreli he was specifically being targeted.

“There is one very senior person at the SEC who has now left, he’s now at a big law firm, and he said to my lawyer that if I kept my mouth shut none of this would have happened,” Shkreli claimed. “And I think it’s a sad day in this country where just being a flamboyant and personable figure results in somebody saying look at this guy’s records and let’s see what we have on him.”

Shkreli seemed confident that he won’t do any jail time.

“I don’t think I’ll have to forfeit any money,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to jail…[T]hey threw all the spaghetti at the wall they could, eight charges, they got three to stick, one I don’t think is a legal claim.”

Watch above, via Fox Business.

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