Shkreli Slapped With $4.6M Tax Lien

He says he's 'now available for motion picture roles'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2016 5:00 AM CST
Martin Shkreli listens during a House hearing last week.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – In a dispute certain to have millions of Americans cheering for the IRS, Martin Shkreli appears to be having tax trouble. According to documents obtained by Gawker, the federal government filed a tax lien against the widely despised pharma CEO on Dec. 18, 2015, demanding $4,628,928.55 in unpaid taxes for 2014 and warning that there's now a lien 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." Raw Story notes that Shkreli also suffered a $40 million trading loss recently, which could affect his bail on federal securities fraud charges.

"All property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer" includes Shkreli's prized one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, which he's being sued over. Shkreli has been the subject of plenty of unflattering media attention over the last few months and he appears to be craving more: On Thursday, he offered Kanye West $10 million in a bid to keep his new album from the public. The same day, he tweeted that he is "now available for motion picture roles (Hollywood ONLY)" and took a swipe at Hillary Clinton when he pondered going on a speaking tour of universities and donating the proceeds to charity, reports the National Post. (Read more Martin Shkreli stories.)

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