Defendant in case of $100 million NJ deli hires lawyer who repped ‘pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli

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Hometown Deli, Paulsboro, N.J.
Mike Calia | CNBC

Peter Coker Sr., one of the defendants in the case of the so-called $100 million New Jersey deli, hired a lawyer who previously represented “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli, according to a new court filing Tuesday.

Coker Sr. hired Marc Agnifilo to represent him in his case against the Securities and Exchange Commission, which sued him and two other men, including his son, for alleged market manipulation.

Agnifilo did not immediately return a call from CNBC seeking comment.

The Justice Department also charged the men – Coker Sr., Peter Coker Jr. and James Patten – with multiple counts, including securities fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

Authorities arrested Coker Sr. and Patten last week in North Carolina, and were conditionally released. Their case is slated to be transfered to a federal court in New Jersey. Prosecutors wanted to keep Coker Sr. detained. Coker Jr., who is based in Hong Kong, is considered at large.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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