Martin Shkreli, the man who positioned himself into brief fame as the most hated individual in America, was ordered by a judge to part with “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”, the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album he bought for $US2 million ($2.6 million). The mind strains to imagine a less sympathetic comeuppance.
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For those following the protracted saga of the pharmaceutical price-gouger, domain squatter, internet harasser and, I guess, rap fan, Shkreli made headlines as a mid-rate troll who happened to be overcharging for AIDS medication and was later convicted of engaging in a not-so-elaborate fraud scheme. Prior to his just deserts, Shkreli made a habit of flaunting his ill-gotten wealth through the acquisition of, among other things, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” – a record which only exists as a single vinyl record.
Among other possessions Judge Kiyo Matsumoto ordered Shrkeli to part with is a copy of the Lil Wayne’s unreleased “Tha Carter V”, which apocryphally he acquired after Wayne accidentally left a CD of the anticipated album inside a Bugatti he later sold. In all, Shkreli is being forced to forfeit $US7.36 million ($9.5 million). Really, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.