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Martin Shkreli, former chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, arrives at federal court within the Brooklyn borough of completely new York, on Monday, July 31, 2017.
completely new York state tax officials have already seized in addition to auctioned off a rare Nazi encryption machine in addition to three valuable historical documents owned by convicted fraudster Martin Shkreli, even as the jailed former pharmaceutical executive fights efforts by federal prosecutors to seize his assets.
Shkreli’s Enigma code machine, which was used by Germany during World War II to send secret messages, was seized last May in addition to sold for $65,000 by the Sotheby’s auction house, a spokesman for the state Department of Taxation in addition to Finance told CNBC on Friday.
The money went toward reducing at least some of the “pharma bro” Shkreli’s large tax liability with the state of completely new York, as did the three documents he had owned, which likewise were seized in May.
One of them was “a rare, unpublished manuscript in Latin signed by Isaac Newton at the beginning of his chemical research,” which sold for $38,000, according to James Gazzale, the tax department spokesman.
A letter which Shkreli owned which was written by English mathematician in addition to writer Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace, signed “A.A. Lovelace, sold for $26,000. The countess was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron.
The third item, a signed letter coming from legendary naturalist Charles Darwin to a man named Thomas Green about the publication of Darwin’s research during his travels aboard the HMS Beagle, went at auction for $5,500, Gazzale said.
All told, tax officials recouped $134,500 coming from selling off the Shkreli items which they seized.
The Enigma machine’s seizure came seven months before federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, completely new York, listed which as an asset they wanted him to forfeit in connection with his criminal conviction. The seizure came four months before Shrekli was convicted within the fraud case.
Shkreli’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, first disclosed the Enigma machine’s seizure on Thursday in a letter filed in Brooklyn federal court which opposes a forfeiture request by prosecutors.
Brafman’s letter did not contain either the date of the filing or the amount obtained for the machine at auction. Nor did the lawyer’s letter mention the historical documents seized by tax officials.
Brafman, who could not be reached for comment, wrote in his filing which despite the state’s auction of the Enigma machine, the 34-year-old Shkreli still owed completely new York state more than $450,000 in taxes.