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‘Parental Insanity’ Drove McGlashan to Scam, Son Says

  • Son asks for mercy in sentencing dad in college admission case
  • ‘Part of my father died the day of his arrest,’ he tells judge
Bill McGlashan arrives at federal court in Boston in 2019.
Bill McGlashan arrives at federal court in Boston in 2019.Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Former top TPG executive Bill McGlashan was in the grip of “parental insanity” when he took part in the U.S. college admissions scam, his son told the judge who will sentence McGlashan on Wednesday.

“As time went on, I watched my father get more and more stressed about college,” McGlashan’s eldest son wrote in a two-page letter asking for leniency for his father, who paid to inflate his test scores. It was “compulsive monitoring based on his anxiety” that “going to the right college is everything in life, which had been ingrained into him from my grandparents,” George McGlashan wrote. He added: “I was not stressed at all, which probably made him even more so.”