The ongoing fraud trial of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has already proven to be strange, with lawyers having trouble finding jurors who didn't already despise the defendant. Now, witnesses called to the stand to testify against Shkreli are painting a truly detestable portrait of the ruthless, young executive, with one saying his family was threatened by Shkreli.
According to The New York Times, Tim Pierotti, a former business associate of Shkreli, had threatening letters sent to his wife in 2012.
“Your husband has stolen $1.6 million from me,” it read. "Your pathetic excuse of a husband needs to get a real job that does not depend on fraud to succeed... I hope to see you and your four children homeless. I will do whatever I can to assure this. Your husband’s arrogance is infuriating and making an enemy out of me is a mistake.”
The letter was entered into evidence in the trial.
Pierotti's testimony is one of eight that will be considered central to the fraud charges which Shkreli maintains are invalid, The New York Times reports. Prosecutors are arguing Shkreli manipulated shares of his company Retrophin by keeping the allotments just under the threshold for reporting requirements.
“One day, Martin came in and said, I want it all sold today; I need the money," recalled Pierotti. “The bills had not been paid.”
Shkreli's lawyers attempted to deflect the characterization of Shkreli as vicious and vindictive by accusing Pierotti of insider trading.
Pierotti concluded his testimony on Tuesday. The trial continues today.
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