‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli released from prison early

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund and pharmaceutical executive who was sentenced in March 2018 to seven years in federal prison, was released early Wednesday.

Shkreli, also known as the “pharma bro”, was released from a Pennsylvania prison to a halfway house in New York state, according to the US Bureau of Prisons. The former pharmaceutical executive is expected to be released from the halfway house in September.

“I am pleased to report that Martin Shkreli has been released from Allenwood Prison and transferred to a BOP halfway house after completing all programs that shortened his prison term,” the attorney for Shkreli, Ben Brafman, in a statement.

“While I was in the halfway house, I encouraged Mr. Shkreli not to make any further statements, neither he nor I will have any additional comments at this time,” Brafman added.

After his release from prison, however, pharma bro took to Facebook, where he joked, “Getting out of real jail is easier than getting out of Twitter jail.”


Shkreli was banned from Twitter in 2017 after asking writer Lauren Duca – who was one of his vocal critics – if she would be his plus one at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017.

Shkreli was also jailed in September 2017 for posting a satirical Facebook post offering $5,000 to anyone who could get him a lock of Hillary Clinton’s hair.

The 39-year-old, who was once dubbed ‘the most hated man in America’, rose to infamous after raising the price of the AIDS drug Daraprim by more than 5,000%. In 2016, Shkreli auctioned off an opportunity for someone to hit or slap him.

Shkreli was originally sentenced on March 9, 2018 to seven years in prison in a fraud case unrelated to the Daraprim case.

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