Shkreli Looked Forward to Psych Test. It Didn't Go Well

He predicted press would 'squirm' when seeing great results
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2018 11:09 AM CDT
Updated Mar 24, 2018 9:34 AM CDT
Shkreli Thought He'd Ace Psych Test. Not So Much
Martin Shkreli talks with reporters after leaving federal court in New York in August 2017.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The negative headlines keep on coming for Martin Shkreli, even after his seven-year sentence over securities fraud. Newly unredacted court documents show that the 35-year-old thought he'd aced his psychiatric evaluation and hoped it would be made public to show reporters how smart he was, reports CNBC. "I want to watch the press squirm when they see I have a 150 IQ and no overt psychological issues," he wrote in an email from prison in January before receiving the results from psychologist David Salsberg. The doctor, however, found that Shkreli has "generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and unspecified personality disorder," and that his actions were consistent with a "sense of entitlement" and a "narcissistic outlook."

It's not clear whether the assessment addressed Shkreli's intelligence. But prosecutors made a point to note, "Dr. Salsberg's report does not state that Shkreli has an IQ of 150." One bright spot: Salsberg writes that Shkreli "has gained insight and remorse from recent events and presents with a different outlook and perspective." While prosecutors were quick to seize on the negative parts of the report, they complained that Salsberg provided no evidence for that positive assessment. No word yet on where Shkreli will serve his sentence, but he has asked to do so at a minimum-security facility located within the high-security Camp Canaan in Waymart, Pa, per the New York Post. (The Wu-Tang Clan has a message for Shkreli.)

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