The pseudonymous nature of bitcoin attracts many scammers, blackmailers and other malcontents that think they can get away with everything – but in some cases its harder to tell who is the real victim.
According to the twitter postings of Martin Shkreli, it seems he was just duped out of $15 million paid in bitcoin for the exclusive rights to a new Kanye West album. However, in online forums people doubt if the transaction really happened or if the recently notorious figure is only trying to attract even more attention to himself.
Who is this guy?
Martin Shkreli is the 34 year old co-founder of the hedge fund MSMB Capital Management and the ex-CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. In September 2015, he was labeled “the most hated man in America” by some in the international media after his firm hiked the price of an HIV drug from $13.50 to $750 per tablet. In December Shkreli was arrested by the FBI on charges of securities fraud unrelated to the drug scandal.
Less than two weeks ago, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, Shkreli appeared in Washington DC in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a hearing on prescription drug prices, and again received harsh criticism for his behavior. He declined to make any