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NEW YORK – He's the enfant terrible of pharmaceuticals. He's a millionaire music fan who riled rap aficionados by buying the only known copy of an album by the Wu-Tang Clan. He's an unabashed self-promoter who livestreams his daily life and boasts he's "the world's most eligible bachelor."
Now, prosecutors say Martin Shkreli is a fraudster whose deceit has spanned hedge funds and drug companies.
And he's only 32.
Shkreli pleaded not guilty Thursday.
The criminal charges are unrelated to the events that made him a flashpoint this year. That's when his Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of the only approved drug for a rare parasitic disease from $13.50 to $750 per pill.
The charges concern a drug company and hedge funds he previously ran.