The “bad boy” of pharma that everyone hates, Martin Shkreli, allegedly owes the government $4,628,928.55 in unpaid taxes.
According to Gawker, the IRS filed a federal tax lien and issued a notice to Shkreli in January stating, “We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid. Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue.”
The document shows the amount of $4.6 million.
Shkreli is currently facing charges for securities fraud and testified at a Congressional hearing on Feb. 4 that was investigating hikes in drug prices. All Shkreli smugly said during the entire hearing was that he plead the 5th, and later called the members of Congress “imbeciles.”
As CNBC reports, “In December, Shkreli was arrested and charged with running his investment funds and companies in a manner that prosecutors compared to a Ponzi scheme. He has pleaded not guilty, but stepped down from running Turing Pharmaceuticals and was fired from KaloBios after he was charged.”
It’s no surprise that Shkreli—who appears to lack any standards of ethical behavior—would try to get away with not paying millions in taxes.