Martin Shkreli gets a transfer to Brooklyn federal prison in wake of his latest rule-breaking escapades behind bars
Martin Shkreli, AKA prisoner #87850-053, has a new view to contemplate while the pharma bro serves his 7-year sentence for fraud. And he’s a lot closer to home.
On April 9, just a few weeks after Shkreli was back in the headlines with a Wall Street Journal exposé outlining his use of a contraband phone to stay in touch with the outside world and run his biotech company from Fort Dix, prison officials moved Shkreli to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Shkreli’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told CNBC that his client is cooling his heels in Brooklyn while waiting for a move to federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania.
Prison media contacts confirmed the move to Brooklyn, but they are staying tight-lipped about the reasons for the transfer. They earlier declined comment when asked if Shkreli was being punished for breaking the rules.
Shkreli was reportedly put into solitary confinement after embarrassed prison officials had to contend with Shkreli’s alleged violation of prison rules regarding mobile phones circulating among the inmates.
Shkreli has shown his contempt for the rules on numerous occasions, frequently bashing lawmakers, reporters (“you are such a moron”) and government officials alike — anyone who criticized his move to jack up the price of an old drug by 5000%-plus. Now that he’s behind bars for a stretch, though, it’s easier to punish him for his infractions.
Shkreli established a blog not long after taking up residence at Fort Dix. But that came to a screeching halt on March 7 with his last post: “Who talked to the Jake….”
Image Source: Martin Shkreli. AP