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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Martin Shkreli, former manager of a pharmaceutical company, leaves the U.S. District Court after being convicted of securities fraud in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, the United States, on August 4, 2017. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The US government said it sold the Wu-Tang Clan's incarcerated pharmaceutical company Martin Shkreli's one-of-a-kind album to pay for the $ 7.36 million he was sentenced to withhold for fraud.

In a letter to US District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, who oversaw the 2017 trial of Shkreli in Brooklyn, prosecutors said the forfeiture amount was fully satisfied following the sale of the album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" and other property sales.

The purchase price and the buyer were not disclosed due to a confidentiality clause in the contract, announced the public prosecutor.

Shkreli, 38, paid $ 2 million for Wu-Tang Clan's only copy of Shaolin at a hip-hop group auction.

He later bragged about not planning to listen to the album and bought it to "keep it in front of the people".

Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Shkreli, said in an email that he was pleased that the recovery obligation had been met and that the album's retail price was "significantly higher" than Shkreli paid.

Shkreli, nicknamed "Pharma Bro" is widely vilified for raising the price of Daraprim, which treated a potentially fatal infection, by more than 4,000% overnight while running Turing Pharmaceuticals, now known as Phoenixus AG.

He has served more than half of a seven-year sentence for defrauding investors in two hedge funds and trying to prop up the stock price of another pharmaceutical company he runs, Retrophin (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc. Its release date is October 11th. 2022, show prison records.

Prosecutors said they also own two other Shkreli assets, a Phoenixus stake and a Pablo Picasso sting that could be used in a $ 2.6 million judgment against him in a separate Manhattan civil case.

Brianne Murphy, a Shkreli attorney on the Manhattan case, declined to comment.

In January, Matsumoto denied Shkreli's request for release from prison, denying claims that his deteriorating mental health justified a "compassionate" release.

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