Pharmaceutical company CEO Martin Shkreli, 32, was arrested December 17, 2015 for
charges of securities fraud, running a so-called ponzi scheme. Anyone following the story of this greedy-at-the-expense-of-the-sick-and-dying individual knows that authorities couldn’t arrest Shkreli for his worst offense, acquiring an inexpensive, illness-changing drug used by people with HIV and jacking up the price by 5000 percent.
I try to operate by the age old rule that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. But really? This man must be totally devoid of any morals, making money on the bones of AIDS patients. You can’t hide behind the title of CEO and say your job requires you to maximize profits for shareholders so you’re just doing your job when you grab the rights to an existing, inexpensive drug and skyrocket the price by an out of this world 5000 percent.
That’s the real crime, but try to find a legal charge for it…there is none. So when I read that Shkreli was arrested for securities fraud involving a former hedge fund, I thought, here’s karma coming into play. I have a lot of unkind words for people who wish to get rich at the expense of the desperately ill, particularly this one individual who will only face the court of public opinion for his worst offense. So here’s my two cents, shame on you, Martin Shkreli.