Judge rejects Shkreli request for prison release

Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli 'delighted' by verdict in securities ...

A federal judge has denied disgraced pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli’s request for release from prison to spearhead research on coronavirus treatments, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Shkreli, widely known as “Pharma Bro,” was convicted in 2017 of defrauding investors and is serving a seven-year sentence in a low-security Pennsylvania prison.

He earlier gained notoriety for hiking the price of an AIDS drug by 5,000 percent.

He had argued that efforts to find treatments for COVID-19 were “inadequate” and he was “one of the few executives” with the experience to develop the needed drugs.

Probation department officials overseeing his case dismissed his claims as the kind of “delusional self-aggrandizing behavior” that landed him in prison.

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